Can a public sector employee get fired or disciplined for social media actions?
In the age of emerging social media, everyone is empowered to be heard widely and unfiltered. What does this mean for a public sector employee? What does it mean for the public sector managers and officials responsible for the overall mission?
Here’s a high profile case from South Carolina that puts a sharp point on these issues — right from this week’s headlines:
A 16-year Columbia Fire Department captain was fired Monday from his $53,722-a-year job for making threatening remarks against people in a Black Lives Matter protest that on Sunday night closed down a major interstate corridor into Columbia, city officials said Monday.Capt. Jimmy Morris, a firefighter at the North Main Street Fire Station, was fired Monday after city officials learned he had made two Facebook posts in which he threatened to do harm to protesters if they got in his way.
General Session #WhereDoYouDrawTheLine? Social Media and the Workplace
Discover potential ethical and legal traps posed by your organizational and personal use of social network sites and learn how to avoid these traps. Learn best practices for county social media presence, and how organizations may and may not monitor and limit use of social networking by employees.
- Speaker: Kevin Karpinski, Partner – Karpinski, Colaresi & Karp, PA
- Date/Time: Friday, August 19, 2016; 10:45 am – 12:00 pm
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