Blog can cost you your job
Oracle Tips by Burleson Consulting
There are many
incidents of employers who fire employees for publishing on the
web, either at-work on on their own hours. Here are some
The reasons for firing
include misuse of company resources (internet connection),
disclosure of company secrets, or defaming people or companies.
According to Bob Papaj in his book "You're
Fired: The IT Manager Guide for Terminating "With Cause"",
employees have no freedom of speech at work and no First
Amendment rights, and you can be fired just for blogging, even
if they don't disclose secrets or hurt anyone.
This low tolerance is largely
because of the giant risk companies face from lawsuits.
This article notes that many ex-employees are surprised to
get fired because their blog was anonymous:
"Last week brought
yet another story about someone who just doesn't get it. A
33-year-old woman, British born but living in Paris, is
suing her former employer, claiming she was unjustly fired
because she was writing an Internet weblog (blog) about her
workplace, among other subjects.
She wrote using a pseudonym and never identified her
employer by name. But she did blog about love affairs,
single motherhood and office bloopers and, not surprisingly,
eventually her employer found out and she was terminated...
If you slag someone on the Net and
can be identified, there will be some consequence...You may get
away with acting irresponsibly for a while, but sooner or later,
like the blogger at petiteanglaise.com discovered, it'll catch
up with you and the consequences will probably be more trouble
than the behavior was worth. That's life -- online and off."
Also, most folks think
that as long as what they publish is true, they cannot be
touched. Wrong. You can get sued (and also fired)
for invasion of privacy if you publish embarrassing facts about
a private person, even if it's true.
It's amazing what people will publish (allegedly under the guise
of anonymity) that they would never say in public.
However, courts all over the world are allowing victims to force
ISP's to disclose the identify of their attackers, so anonymity
is an illusion. I talk more about the illusion of
anonymity in my book "Web
Stalkers: Protect yourself from Internet Criminals & Psychopaths".