The firm added, “Employers should review their Internet and social media policies to determine whether they are susceptible to an allegation that the policy would ‘reasonably tend to chill employees’ ” in the exercise of their rights to discuss wages, working conditions and unionization.
But unlike Souza, most of us aren’t union employees and don’t have the NLRB to watch our backs. And the sad fact is that you have almost no privacy at work, especially if any alleged privacy violations involve the use of company equipment. Their stuff, their rules.
There are limits, of course -- companies generally can’t get away with videotaping you in the toilet -- but they are few and far between. If you live and work in a state that allows private employers to hire “at will” -- which is to say, nearly all of them -- then your boss can terminate you just because he or she is having a bad hair day.
Yet, that doesn’t stop people from publicly trashing their supervisors on Facebook. Trolling OpenBook for “my boss the a******e” (without the asterisks) turns up a surprising number of angry diatribes from people are employed and presumably want to stay that way. It’s a dangerous game they’re playing.