Worker Fired After Calling In Sick, Then Using Facebook At Home
from the lessons-learned dept
Usually when somebody gets fired for their use of a social-networking site, it’s because they say something about their coworkers or boss online. But a worker in Switzerland got fired after merely logging on to Facebook at home. The rub, though: she’d called in sick with a migraine and told her boss she couldn’t use a computer and needed to lie in a darkened room. The woman claims she was accessing the site while laying in her bed on her iPhone, and also claims the company’s story that a coworker noticed her updates and told her supervisor isn’t true. She instead is blaming “a fictitious Facebook persona” created by the company that she became friends with on the site, alleging that its only use was to spy on her. It sort of makes you wonder why she friended the company’s account, but regardless, her treatment does seem a little harsh. There’s no word if the company has fired other people for playing hooky, online or off, nor is there talk of the employee’s previous record, but firing somebody based on their Facebook updates seems a bit over-the-top. Would they have reacted the same way if she’d updated from a doctor’s office waiting room as opposed to her home?