In American Medical Response (AMR), a Connecticut ambulance service company terminated an employee after she posted negative comments about the employer and her supervisor on her Facebook page. See American Medical Response of Connecticut, Inc., Case No. 34-CA-12576 (Region 34, NLRB). The employee’s comments allegedly included not only profanity but also referred to her supervisor as a “psychiatric patient” and “scumbag.” Following an investigation, on October 27, 2010, the NLRB issued a complaint against AMR, alleging that the discharge violated Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act because the terminated employee engaged in protected activity when she posted comments about her supervisor on Facebook and responded to further comments from her co-workers. The case came to be known as the “Facebook Firing” case, and many employers and attorneys have been anxiously awaiting the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) ruling.
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