Man Gets Fired After Complaining About His Employer on Facebook
It was bound to happen eventually and now it has. A Colorado man has been fired from his job because of a Facebook post he made about his company while on the clock. Joe Lobato was at work and began feeling severely sick. Lobato said it was so bad that, “It felt like someone was kicking me in my stomach.” Lobato went to his supervisor who basically told him not to leave his work station again….nice guy. Lobato then went to his computer and posted a long status update that included the sentence, “Guess they think a person is a machine and can’t get sick.” Not a good move on his part in my opinion.
To make matters worse, it was Lobato’s ‘friend’ and co-worker that alerted the supervisor to the Facebook post. First of all, what kind of ‘friend’ does something like that and second, who needs that kind of friend? What a tool.
Lobato was promptly fired for “Gross misconduct” and for posting negative comments about the company on a public social media site. By the way, while employees do have the right to say what they want about their employer on social media sites, employers CAN and probably WILL take action against employees who make negative comments about them online.
It never ceases to amaze me how many people insist on putting their entire life on display through social media. Some things should stay private and there are things that should never be posted on Facebook. In today’s world, everyone is watching…your employer, your school, clubs and organizations you belong to, your spouse and predators.
People will carry on fights and arguments for all the world to see right there on their Facebook page and for the life of me, I can’t figure out why. If you attack your employer online, which is your right, I can assure you there will be consequences that you are powerless to do anything about. Think about it before you post it.