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    Re: Gay worker claims Facebook 'like' got him fired

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    This is oh-so wrong on so many levels. We've got an employer snooping via Facebook into an employees personal life mining details that have nothing to do with job performance.
    What we have is a meathead who put his personal information on a the World Wide Web for all to see, FB participation notwithstanding.

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    Re: Gay worker claims Facebook 'like' got him fired

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    This is oh-so wrong on so many levels. We've got an employer snooping via Facebook into an employees personal life mining details that have nothing to do with job performance. We've got a job lost due to homophobia. We've got an employee with no first amendment right to even "like" a pro gay organization.

    I'm this close to just deleting my Facebook account. I have my privacy options set high, but I suspect I could be hacked and penalized for some of my views. Employers are snooping so much that it's bringing down the value of a Facebook account.


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    Life Inc. - Gay worker claims Facebook 'like' got him fired
    He was fired for missing 37 consecutive days of work.

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    Re: Gay worker claims Facebook 'like' got him fired

    HR doesn't let you fire someone without documentation. The guy missed 37 consecutive days of work, and if there was an FMLA request made, you can bet your ass that HR would have called foul.

    The other red flag would be the lawyer stating that their case was religious discrimination. Multiple accusations(sexual orientation, medical leave, religion) to try to get something to stick.

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    Re: Gay worker claims Facebook 'like' got him fired

    I think I've liked the two Dads page myself. The difference is: I'm not Gay (not that it matters) and my name isn't Mickey.

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    Re: Gay worker claims Facebook 'like' got him fired

    Quote Originally Posted by Connery View Post
    What we have is a meathead who put his personal information on a the World Wide Web for all to see, FB participation notwithstanding.
    I'd suggest the Facebook aspect is a media-fed distraction (probably wouldn't have made the news without it). How the manager discovered his sexuality is irrelevant. The only question is whether he was mistreated and/or sacked because of discrimination or not.

    There's a perfectly good argument for not publishing lots of personal details in any format but there is no justification for mistreatment if they chose not to (or their information leaks out in some other manner). There should certainly be no expectation for anyone to keep things like their sexuality secret, on-line or off-line.

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    Re: Gay worker claims Facebook 'like' got him fired

    If this guy's for real, he'll have the emails his boss is purported to have written. If that part's true, I'd say he's got a legitimate complaint. If he doesn't have the emails? Then they don't exist. Period.
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    Re: Gay worker claims Facebook 'like' got him fired

    I'm leaning toward he was fired for missing 37 days of work, not for being gay. But that's subject to change with further info.

    Having said that, there's one question nobody here has asked: How does "liking" a 'two-dads' Facebook page equate to being gay? Yes, I know, it supposedly came out later, but the suspicion was most likely there for the supervisor's talks to go in that direction. I know boatloads of heterosexual people who openly support gay rights.

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    Re: Gay worker claims Facebook 'like' got him fired

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    We don't know much of anything really - we've read his side of the story but that's about it. . . and I think this article makes it more confusing - it seems disorganized.

    I read it the first time and thought that he had given his employer his Facebook password because it discusses the laws governing such things - is that the case or is that just a partially related bit of info? I don't follow.
    The employer wouldn't need his password to get that information. Anyone can see you on a page you "like"
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    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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    Re: Gay worker claims Facebook 'like' got him fired

    Quote Originally Posted by Connery View Post
    What we have is a meathead who put his personal information on a the World Wide Web for all to see, FB participation notwithstanding.
    Swap out "gay" with "Christian" and tell me if you still think the employee is in the wrong. (assume for the sake of argument that he was fired because of this information and not the missed work)
    He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear
    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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    Re: Gay worker claims Facebook 'like' got him fired

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    The employer wouldn't need his password to get that information. Anyone can see you on a page you "like"
    I wouldn't know - I don't do any of that stuff and I think it undermines the 'seriousness' of this issue that any of them do (employer and employee alike)

    Your employer shouldn't know who you are online - period - and if they find out from you then that's *your own fault* for not following the basic rules of internet safety.
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