The dramatic growth of social media use in Canada on such sites as Facebook has raised novel legal issues for employers and employees. One such issue is whether or not an employee's off-duty conduct online (i.e. posting personal status updates, photos or comments on Facebook at home) can get that employee fired. In short, the answer is yes.
Many Canadians still erroneously believe that what they post on their personal Facebook page is private. They feel little hesitation in coming home after a difficult day at work and griping publicly about their company, boss, co‑workers or quality of work. While it is important to protect freedom of expression and healthy discourse on labour relations issues, posting this type of content online may have serious consequences.
Social Network Facebook: The New Home of the Bourgeois Individual
"...the user as a public persona: the really existing caricature of the bourgeois competitor and market participant.."
I heard about this story on The Current last night. This is an interesting case, for two reasons, I think.
First, there is the "free speech" issue which prompted the case:
It all started in 2007 when the twin brothers took a course on law and society taught by Aruna Mitra.