Labor: An employee’s Facebook pictures rightly cost him his job

NLRB finds for employer in first social media termination case

Employers might “like” this: The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently ruled on its first social media termination case, finding in favor of the employer. Specifically, in Knauz BMW, the NLRB determined that the employer did not violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when it fired a car salesman for posting pictures and comments documenting an incident that had taken place at its dealership to his Facebook page. 

The salesman worked at Knauz BMW in Lake Bluff, Ill., where the BMW dealership owner also owned an adjacent Land Rover dealership. Two events occurred at these dealerships resulting in the employee posting pictures to his Facebook page. 

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John Kuenstler

John F. Kuenstler is a partner in the Chicago office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP and a member of the Labor and Employment Department. Mr....

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