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Friday, October 19, 2012

Don't be a jerk online - you could get fired

Earlier today, a friend of mine tweeted about an Ontario man who got fired from his retail job after his employers read something he posted online.

This CBC article tells of the London-area man who got fired for posting negative comments about the death of Amanda Todd, the BC teen who committed suicide after being bullied online.

Amanda Todd. Picture from Wikipedia.   

The CEO of his company said their firm and swift action was appropriate, but this case highlights the growing grey area between our online and professional lives.

Surely whatever the man said was inappropriate, but did it really affect his work as a salesman at Mr. Big and Tall?

In my opinion, making negative comments about an unequivocally tragic story is tasteless and a definite comment on your character. I understand why he was fired - his actions are a direct reflection on his employer. Would you really want an unpleasant person working for you and representing your company?

But - what if he was an incredible employee? What if he was bringing in sales like nobody's business, and was singlehandedly responsible for the company's success - should he still be fired?

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What do you think? Is it fair to lose your job over something you said on the Internet - especially if it had nothing to do with your job? Were the folks at Mr. Big and Tall out of line for firing him, or right on the money? Let me know!


  1. I'll be interested to see what answers you get to this question!

  2. Basically Amanda Todd took her own life because of extreme online bullying. If a grown man is still bullying her even after she killed herself, what is that saying about our willingness to hurt people we don't even know through the screen of a computer?

    I think that at some point people need to feel some sort of consequence from the things they say online, just as we do in real life. Hopefully the teens who bullied Amanda Todd feel extreme guilt over their actions and an example can be set for people of all ages the world over.

    Bullying doesn't stop in high school, but bullies look way more ridiculous as adults.

    1. Very well said, Coco. Thanks for reading!