Criticize Your Work Conditions…Unless You’re Serious
Five employees of the National Hispanics of Buffalo complained on Facebook about their company, and were all fired, even though they posted when they weren't at work.
But there's a twist: Complaining about your work conditions is technically protected speech under labor law, and in this and 13 other instances of terminations based on social media complaining, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) went to bat for the employees. In several cases the companies were forced to rehire the employees or settle with the board for monetary damages.
A better career move: Although criticizing wages, working hours, or conditions is technically protected under labor law, "You have to be really careful because most companies today have social media policies," says Kabani. "If you are unhappy with work conditions, a private conversation with your supervisor will go much further than posting a scathing comment on Twitter. Also, it makes future employers look at you with a raised eyebrow."