Should you dismiss an employee for an offensive social media post?

June 7, 2019

Danny Bakers recent controversial post which included a photograph of what he compared to the new royal baby resulted in him being sacked from his job at the BBC.

His actions were perceived to be racist. The picture was published by Baker on his Twitter account – for everyone to see, which as he is a well known BBC broadcaster, could affect the BBC’s profile/image.

This is not the first case of an employee losing their job because of their social media posts.

Can an employer use the information their employee posts on personal social media against them?

It is important to look at the context of the post. If this brings the company into disrepute or constitutes bulling or harassment the company may have sound reason to take action, which may include the dismissal of the employee.

Most importantly the company should ensure that they have a well communicated social media policy which clearly set out what the company considers to be acceptable/not acceptable, whilst balancing this with the employees right to privacy.

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