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Obscene Facebook photos and workplace consequences

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HC Online | 26 Nov 2012, 12:00 AM Agree 0
How would your workplace respond to an employee posting obscene, offensive or plainly inappropriate content on Facebook? In the wake of a scandal in the US, it’s high-time to consider.
  • Tony Griffiths | 26 Nov 2012, 04:31 PM Agree 0
    In a land where civil liberties are fought for and (too often) died for, it is incredible the number of people who react quickly and viciously to displays of civil liberty. Free speech then becomes quite costly.
    By their own admission the 2 women are indeed “douche bags”. The photo is mildly clever with the direct contradiction of the words on the sign, but if you are going to make a statement at least back it up with your opinions. Are you protesting the perversity of war or lack of respect for the victims of war or the gagging of those that speak out against war? Alas no, just douche bags, which isn’t against the law. Now, I'm no lawyer but I wouldn’t mind betting that real lawyers would line up around the block to represent these 2 if they are sacked as a result of their idiocy.
    If they purported to represent their employer that would be one thing but I don’t see any overt link between them the photo and LIFE. If in the companies shoes I would address their behaviour only because it has been reported in the paper, and remind them of the workplace code of conduct as it applies to activities that bring the company into disrepute, issue a warning and stop talking about it.
  • Patrick McInerney | 26 Nov 2012, 05:01 PM Agree 0
    A few years ago, this wouldn't have rated a mention. Anywhere. Ever. Now, suddenly it's headline news. Disrespectful? Hmmm, are we sure? Inappropriate? Really? That someone took a photo of a person bending over to tie a shoelace or pick something off the ground or engaging in some other act of thoughtlessness next to a sign? Has the world suddenly become such a boring and mundane place that the media has to make celebrities out of anyone for doing nothing? Where do I sign up, and can I get a reality TV series and a write up in the gossip mags to go with that?
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