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NLRB, Employer Reach Settlement Over Facebook Firing

In 2009, a Connecticut ambulance company claimed she was fired for ranting about her job and boss on Facebook.

The National Labor Relations Board sued the employer last year, saying federal labor laws protected the employee's free speech rights. Yesterday, the company reached a settlement with the NLRB and will change its online policies to give employees more freedom to talk about the employer during off hours.

It's a victory for employee free speech rights in the age of social media.

Needless to say, employers with highly restrictive online policies might want to read up on this case. Here are a few links.




L.A. Times

Hartford Courant


  1. I'd like to add some additional resources...

    In both the coverage of the settlement announcement and the coverage after the complaint was initially filed, I've observed many misrepresentations and misunderstandings. I've written two blog posts to try to help folks focus on the facts and evaluate this issue as rationally as possible:

    (Nov. 2010): The NLRB's Recent Action: Separating Fact from Fiction - And Unfounded Fear (

    (Feb 2011): The NLRB “Facebook Settlement:” Let’s Focus on the Facts (

    I welcome comments and questions on both.

    Courtney Hunt
    Founder, Social Media in Organizations (SMinOrgs) Community


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