She consistently received high marks on evaluations, but a post she made one day on Facebook changed everything.
Misty's daughter, a patient at the clinic, was sick and Misty couldn't get an appointment for her. That night she said she posted on her Facebook, "After two and half hours of being at the immediate care, I finally have answers because work had no appointments. Can you believe it?" Shortly after she was called into her manager's office.
"They just told me that I was being terminated because I had violated social media policy." Misty said.
Attorney Amanda Farahany alleges the clinic's policy is illegal and violated Misty's right to free speech. She said people are actually allowed to communicate about the workplace. That includes any emails you send from personal accounts.
Misty is taking legal action against the clinic, but she says workers should be very cautious when posting about their jobs. Here are some tips:
- Set up two accounts: one for friends, one for professional relationships.
- Don't post personal info or pictures you don't want others to see. Know your company's social media policy.
- Take advantage of privacy features, but realize your company can access everything if you've posted from their computers.
Misty's co-worker friend on Facebook is the one who alerted management to the post. Misty said she received outstanding employee evaluations all eight years of her employment and that's why her lawyer believes she has a strong case.