Fair Dismissal for employee making derogatory comments about employer on Facebook

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has recently confirmed that it was fair for an employer to dismiss and employee that had made derogatory comments about the employer on Facebook. The EAT further held that it did not matter that the comments had been made two years before the dismissal or that the employer had been aware of the comments throughout that period.

It just goes to show that even though an employer may have taken no action when the original posts came to their attention, it does not lose its ability to take action at a later date. However, the employer was helped by the fact that it had an effective social media policy that had been clearly broken by the employee.

If you need any assistance in relation to a social media policy or comments that you may have made on social media about your employer, do not hesitate to contact our employment team;

Rachael Frankland: rfrankland@bromleys.co.uk

Mark Hirst: mhirst@bromleys.co.uk

Nicholas Clough: nclough@bromleys.co.uk

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