Expressing Workplace Woes on Social Media Protected By Law

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  • Whether it’s your boss, co-worker or workload that drives you crazy, employers can no longer penalize you for venting on social media.

    The New York Times reports that federal regulators recognize workplace complaints and comments on sites like Facebook and Twitter as protected speech.

    Although it may irritate coworkers and superiors, it is illegal for a company to place restrictions on open forums where employees can criticize companies even when it is frowned upon.

    The report says that “in a series of recent rulings and advisories, labor regulators have declared many such blanket restrictions illegal. The National Labor Relations Board says workers have a right to discuss work conditions freely and without fear of retribution, whether the discussion takes place at the office or on Facebook.”

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