Can you bad mouth the boss on Facebook?

Complain about the boss on Facebook and what is the result? If you have a strong union to represent you then you could be okay.

Dawnmarie Souza was fired from her job after making insulting remarks about her boss on Facebook.

Souza was employed at American Medical Response (AMR) of Connecticut, an ambulance service when a client complained about her work. Souza's boss asked her to prepare an investigative report. Souza requested representation from her union and was denied.

As a result of this Souza used her home computer to post comments on Facebook about her boss. She referred to the boss as a "17" which is a codeword for a psychiatric patient and called her boss a “scumbag”. Her comments caused some of her coworkers to post supportive remarks.

Souza was suspended and later terminated. The reason for dismissal was for her Facebook postings and because such postings “violated the company’s internet policies.”

The National Labor Relations Board sued AMR and an investigation found that “the employee’s Facebook postings constituted protected concerted activity, and that the company’s blogging and internet posting policy contained unlawful provisions, including one that prohibited employees from making disparaging remarks when discussing the company or supervisors and another that prohibited employees from depicting the company in any way over the internet without company permission. Such provisions constitute interference with employees in the exercise of their right to engage in protected concerted activity.”

The case was settled in early February. “The company agreed to revise its overly-broad rules to ensure that they do not improperly restrict employees from discussing their wages, hours and working conditions with co-workers and others while not at work, and that they would not discipline or discharge employees for engaging in such discussions,” states a press release from the NLRB.

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