Legally, employers can fire an employees for whatever reason they want. The first amendment only protects personal rights with the government. Also, a manager gets to choose the kind of people they want in the workplace. If they don't want a person who drinks, then a post of an employee drinking could get them fired.
With everything you do, you give yourself a name or an appearance. If you are employed by a company, you are a representation of said company. Social Media is not as private as one might think and when what you say reflects poorly on a company then it is fair, if seen fit by the head of a company, to let that employee go.
What an employee posts on Facebook, or any other public place online can and should be grounds for firing. What you do, when you aren't being supervised necessarily by a boss, can measure what kind of person you are. If you are doing something inappropriate on a public place on the internet, it can reflect poorly on the company.
Depending on the post, People who post homophobic, Racist, Hate crime, Drug or drug paraphernalia have every right to be fired as well as threats to the workplace, Children in the workplace, Specific call outs of coworkers or students. Every case is different and should be judged as need be.
If someone posts highly discriminate content, Or comments that prove a threat or danger to a place or person(s), They should be up for review if not fired. Termination, Of course, Depends on the severity of the post, But an employee is also representing the company they work for, And a workplace has the right to fire someone they deem as not capable of representing them well or is viewed as a threat to the organization and its people.
If you sign a contract, You know what you are signing up for. IF you do anything to break anything on the contract, It is on you. You should be held responsible if you say anything or do anything to make you and the company you work for look bad.
People should be fired for what they say online. The constitution doesn't say that you can't be fired for what you say it only says that Congress won't make laws that obstruct free speech, what anyone else does for what you say is not covered by the constitution, firing people for what they say talking on a phone call and complaining about your boss, should not get you fired but if you expect what you say on social media to be private you are wrong, nothing you post on social media is private and if you want to post something on social media you need to understand the fact that it is not going to be private and you can be held accountable for it.
If you're posting racist, anti-Semitic, or just offensive content, that should be and is grounds to fire you as you are a direct link to the company. When they hire you they don't only hire you as a worker they also hire you as a representative of the company as well.
When people get a job they usually have to sign a contract. In the contract it may say you can get fired from what you post on Facebook. You represent the company posting bad things reflects bad on the company. If you don't have anything to hide then you shouldn't worry about getting fired from what you post on social media
Say someone posts on Facebook that there about to burn down their office building in a week, because they hate their job and everyone in it. (there are terrorists out there) Their employer should DEFINITELY have every right to fire them. Besides, even though teachers and lots of other jobs already have plenty of restrictions, it still shouldn't be too hard to not post about how much you despise your boss. ANYONE CAN SEE THAT!!! That's just like walking up to your boss and telling that to him personally. Why wouldn't you fire someone for that?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
While at your workplace you are under the rules of the workplace and therefore anything you say there could get you fired but while on a social media platform you should be able to say what you please as long it abides by the limits in the first amendment. You have the freedom of speech but it is a limited right because there are somethings that should NEVER be said like things relating to terrorism or you performing a horrible act. That should be the only grounds for getting fired for what you say on social media.
People's Facebook posts are their own choice. If they wanted to vent about their day, Then they should be able to. They should not be judged or fired just because they post something their boss does not like or agree with. Maybe it's a picture where they are at a party, Or maybe it is a huge paragraph venting about Trump. Either way they should not be judged or fired just because their boss does not agree with their own activities or opinions, On which they may or may not do on their own spare time.
If we keep on this course of trying to control the expression of thoughts and feelings people will be more inclined to act upon their evil inclinations. Allowing people to vent their frustrations ( however wrong) at least lets them ‘get it out’ in a way that causes no actual physical harm to others and wouldn’t even cause any emotional harm to a strong minded and well adjusted individual. Censoring them on the other hand will create a whole group of people who are like bombs waiting to explode. Reality can be harsh and as vile as some thoughts and feelings are, it’s better to be said than acted upon. Furthermore in this ‘less than ideal’ society we live in too many people have way too much of a sense of entitlement. When the ball drops these same people will be a greater danger than someone who may be outspoken but wrong. While I hold to a very ‘strict’ morality myself. Moral crusaders often become the worst among us.
Employees have every right to expect a measure of privacy in their personal lives that does not extend to work. As long as they are not violating any contractual agreements with their employer--such as disclosing trade secrets--they should not be fired for the things they say on facebook. Employers are becoming far too stalker-like when they are checking up on employees in their social spaces.
You can say what you want and its public for many people, it's a social media site and nothing related to work. It's freedom of speech and your own opinion so people really shouldn't be offended by what you have to what you are apposing. So it shouldn't get them fired.
I think that judging a person by their Facebook posts is so silly. Facebook is where we should be able to kick back and relax. It should not be used as a way of measuring what type of a person we are. Facebook is uncensored. You wouldn't fire someone over cursing in their own home, would you?
If something is already in the public domain and you comment then how can you be sacked , some one else has made a stement and you either agree or disagree.
If you posting an opinion make sure you can prove what you say is true. To many people speak badly of the employers with out understanding the implications of potential hearsay.
Many people post things or even re-post things that they might find funny or to make them look good or to even get attention. A lot of times their real personality may feel different. You can go off of someone social media and say this candidate has to go because they post "its to much work" or I don't feel like going in today" They may be the hardest working employees of the company verses someone that post nothing or post "ready for work" all the time . People pretend to be something they not all the time on social media and sometimes real life. If we would look up the CEO of a company social media page it will probably show the business and not his/her real life.
Some people tend to exaggerate when making posts. Doing this can occasionally result in a person saying something they don't mean literally. This is going to be most of the issue discussed, However, It is also possible that they may actually mean what they said literally. Ultimately, Read between the lines. If something happened recently that they could be satirizing, Consider that they may be doing just that before jumping to conclusions.
A person has a right to their own posts and believes in what they are saying. If an employer controls what you can and can't say online, Then what happens to freedom of speech? Yes, Maybe that only applies to their personal life, But it is still controlling what someone can say. In my opinion, Someone can only fire you for something you do online if it involves threatening someone, Or posting inappropriate pictures. Anything else, Like posting a picture of you being at a party of some sort, Then there should not be anything against that.