A mid-level manager at ABC Company monitors the Facebook pages of his employees. He notices that one of the employees has posted disturbing and derogatory comments about an immediate supervisor. The employee is also posting negative comments about the company.
Other posts on the employee’s Facebook page include pictures of the employee at parties with the immediate supervisor.
The employee’s Facebook page also includes links to a local union organizing at the company.
The goal is to recognize ‘red flag’ issues.
A. What issues can you identify in this situation? What additional questions would you ask?
If you are the employer, what directions should you give to the mid-level manager?
B. Would it make a difference if the employee’s posts were on a company chat room maintained by the employer (rather than on Facebook)?
C. What additional issues would be involved if this were a public entity, such as a school district, rather than a private corporation?