The National Labor Relations Board has filed a landmark legal challenge on behalf of an emergency medical technician who was dismissed from her job in part because of critical statements she made about her employer on Facebook. The employee made her initial comments on Facebook after her employer refused to permit a representative of the EMTs' union to assist her in preparing her response to a customer complaint about her work. Many of her coworkers (who were supportive) joined her in a Facebook discussion criticizing the decision, the manager who made it, and the company.
Here's a link to the story: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/09/bu...me&ref=general
This case in particular focuses on the legal provisions that allow employees (both union and non-union) to discuss work conditions, wages, and unionization without being punished by their employers
. But while the scope of this case may be limited, depending on the way it is handled, it may also open the floodgates to a broad variety of challenges and even prompt the creation of new laws. Any thoughts?