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Can I Get Fired over a Tweet? What NOT to Say on Social Media

In 1942— long before the advent of the Internet or social media— Thumper offered Bambi some sage advice: “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.” That advice still rings true today. When you post on social media, you may feel like you’re just venting or sending a message to a bunch of your friends and family (especially if you are not one of those people who have several million followers). However, it’s important to remember that there is nothing private about your online posts— even if you’ve activated the highest privacy settings. Any one of your “friends” could forward your post to someone— and even a time limited post (like a Snapchat) could be saved and transmitted by a third party via screenshot.

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Social Media: Can I Get Fired for That?

Social media has become part of the fabric of our society and our world. Facebook accounts span the generations, and the media regularly reports on celebrity tweets and Instagram posts. A variety of ways for people to connect to friends, acquaintances, strangers, and people you may only get to know through online channels exist. Businesses and employers also use social media to promote their brand, product, reputation, and message. They are looking for employees who enhance, not detract from their public image.

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Defendant Breached Physician’s Contract

Parks, Chesin & Walbert attorney Matt Maguire obtained a jury award that included attorneys’ fees after convincing the jury that the Defendant breached the duty of good faith and fair dealing implied in all contracts when it terminated a physician’s contract with cause in order to avoid having to continue paying her salary.