On Oct. 27, 2010, the National Labor Relations Board issued an unfair labor practice complaint alleging that a company illegally fired an employee for posting negative comments about her supervisor on the social networking site Facebook. See Am. Med. Response of Conn., NLRB Reg. 34, No. 34-CA-12576 (Oct. 27, 2010). This action highlights the many risks employers face in accessing and using information obtained from various online sites when making employment decisions.

In the American Medical Response case, the terminated employee had posted negative comments about a supervisor on her personal Facebook page from her home computer. Her co-workers had made critical remarks in response to her posting.

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