NLRB sees strong uptick in social media cases

Fordham Law Schook in Workplace Choice, March 20, 2013

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The National Labor Relations Board has seen a strong uptick in the number of cases involving social media after a pivotal complaint was filed in 2010, acting general counsel Lafe Solomon said Tuesday at a panel at Fordham Law School.

In 2010, the NLRB issued a complaint against American Medical Response of Connecticut, an ambulance service, over its firing of an employee for complaints she made on her Facebook page about company management.

The case settled in 2011 after the company agreed not to discipline workers for discussing their working conditions.

“The case went viral,” Solomon said, speaking at a conference entitled “Privacy & Employment in the Digital Society.”

“Because of the exposure of that case, we’ve had over 100 charges filed with us,” Solomon said.