TV anchor claims Facebook comment private in wrongful termination lawsuit

This lawsuit suggests that social media issues are a new gray area in employment law.  Is an employee who makes a private, negative  Facebook comment  about his workplace, subject to termination?  Is the free speech of employees now unreasonably restrained because of ease of publication on Facebook and the like?

“Griffin Scott, the former senior evening anchor of KTVE who was fired last month, filed a civil lawsuit against the station and its parent company in 4th Judicial District Court on Monday.

Scott alleges wrongful termination and breach of contract.

Scott alleges he was fired on Aug. 19 because he posted a message on his personal account on the Web site Facebook on Aug. 14.

“Griffin Scott knows what the Enola Gay was and that makes me the only person under 40 who knew that in our newsroom. Not sure whether to be proud or not…,” the message said.

The Enola Gay was the B-29 bomber used in the atomic mission that destroyed Hiroshima, Japan just before the end of World War II.”


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