Posting about work on social media could cost you your job

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A story we first reported Thursday, is still going viral on social media.

A local waitress posted a photo of a receipt on Reddit earlier this week. On it, a customer, who happens to be a local pastor, wrote a note saying "I give God 10 percent, why should I give you 18?"

The server was fired from Applebee's after posting the photo of the receipt.

There was a time when negative statements about an employer by an employee was a no-brainer for termination, but that's changing because of recent statements by the National Labor Relations Board.

Recent statements by the NLRB say workers have a right to discuss work conditions freely and without fear of retribution, even on social media.

But just because the NLRB says an employee can post some negative online comments about his or her company, doesn't mean they should, especially if it makes your company look bad. It could cost you more than one job, the one you have, and, if you get fired, the next job you try to get.

After Applebeees made the decision to fire the employee, they started to look bad, and it could come back to haunt the fired employee because most things on the internet don't go away.

Melanie Broyles, a business etiquette expert, says the next employer will do online research on the Applebees' employee and there will be a lot of reading material.

"Who's going to hire an employee who they know took a picture of information that was at work, posted it online and did damage to her employers' reputation? And while Applebees may be held guilty in the court of public opinion, if you will, other employees may not be ready to take that chance," said Boyles.

She says all kinds of people may at your online reputation. And the case of the Applebees employee, she may have damaged her reputation in the eyes of a future employer even though she's getting a lot of online support.


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