Skip to comments.Grade school teacherís aide fired for refusing to hand over Facebook password
Posted on 04/02/2012 3:27:33 PM PDT by Dallas59
Kimberly Hester, a grade school teacher's aide in Michigan, was fired for refusing to hand over her Facebook password to her supervisors. Hester posted a picture of a co-workers' shoes and pants bunched around her ankles on Facebook in April 2011 with the caption, "Thinking of you." She posted the picture in jest, but a parent who's on her Facebook friend list saw the image and reported it to Frank Squires Elementary where Hester was employed, prompting the investigation.
Teachers have gotten in trouble for Facebook status messages before, but in Hester's case, it's her refusal to hand over her password that actually got her fired. One of the supervisors from the Lewis Cass Intermediate School District (ISD), the regional service center for education in Michigan, even wrote her a letter when she refused to give them her password for the third time. Part of the letter read: "... in the absence of you voluntarily granting Lewis Cass ISD administration access to you[r] Facebook page, we will assume the worst and act accordingly." Lewis Cass wanted to put Hester on a paid administrative leave before they fired her, but she chose to go on an unpaid leave because she believes she did nothing wrong. She plans to use the letter she received to sue the school district.
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Maybe not. If my employer came across any posts on Facebook or another forum (even if posted from my own home) that: (1) was obviously posted under my own name and identity, and (2) cast a bad impression on my company among people who know me as an employee of the firm ... then they would have every right to fire me.
Did Bumblegunner get a dose of his own “personal responsibility?
This account has been banned or suspended.
I am not sure if it is funny or strange.
Is the second one for crazy pics, your employer, or for creepin’?
I guess that would depend upon where the irresponsible little tart works.
If she's inclined to be talking crap about co-workers, then she might also be inclined to be giving out proprietary information.
Or security-sensitive information. Who knows what the tart might do.
Getting fired is about the mildest thing she should expect.
As long as you’ve been here, you should know it’s considered very bad form to talk about folks without pinging them.
I think that is a fake banned screen that he put as a joke. You can’t click the okay button.
It does bother me how some conservatives believe this is okay for employers to do. Where does it end?
I guess ping to #26.
To be fair, he thought you were banned. Why would he ping a banned person?
1984 big brother fascist society coming true.
“I guess that would depend upon where the irresponsible little tart works.
If she’s inclined to be talking crap about co-workers, then she might also be inclined to be giving out proprietary information.
Or security-sensitive information. Who knows what the tart might do.”
That is a awful lot of supposition on your part.
If that is true, she could well be subject to being fired,
and probably should be, but that has nothing to do with the issue of demanding her password.
Perhaps for the same reason he would misspell someone's name when he thought they were safely banned and couldn't respond.
That would be because he's a weak-assed coward, unless I miss my guess.
OTOH, if any company or government computers or Internet accounts were used, it is obviously perfectly legal for those employers to demand full password protected access to any electronic records generated from their resources.
So this case could go either way.
That’s a joke added to his account page. If it were real, you wouldn’t see any flag, links, date of sign up, etc.
Okay, thanks; didn’t know that.
No problem. :)
Bwahahaha! That must be it!
The company I work for decided that senior management on up needed to have LinkedIn accounts and went about making them for anyone that didn't already have one. When they tried to make one in my name they found out I already had an account. They requested my credentials for some still unknown reason and I refused. It got pretty tense, but I decided my online presence was mine and I wasn't going to surrender it even if it meant termination. I felt that if they had a problem with the content in this account they could bring it to my attention and I would decide if I was willing to change it to remain employed with them.
I guess they decided I was beneficial enough to the company that they could overlook it because they eventually dropped the subject.