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What’s in Your Internet Policy?

  • By: Alan E. Sohn
  • Published: February 20, 2012

If you have an Internet policy that interferes with or restricts the rights of your employees to discuss working conditions, wages or hours, you might want to reconsider and revise that policy. Recently the National Labor Relations Board sued an employer that had terminated an employee for making disparaging remarks about her boss on Facebook.

The NLRB claimed that the employer’s actions violated long-standing legal protections offered to an employee. The NLRB and the employer reached a settlement agreement in which the employer agreed to revise their rules so that they were not overly restrictive of the employee’s rights to discuss working conditions, wages or hours and further agreed to make a monetary payout to the aggrieved employee. It should be noted that the remarks were made by the employee from her home computer.

Alan E. Sohn

Alan E. Sohn received his Juris Doctorate from the College of Law of the
University of Illinois. Mr. Sohn has been a partner in both large and
smaller law firms and for the past 21 years has been in private practice.