Seven Canadian workers were promptly fired after they
created a Facebook group called "I got Farm Boy'd" by their employer
After creating a Facebook page where she included photos of
herself holding wine and beer and an expletive, a Georgia High school teacher
named Ashley Payne claims she was forced to resign.
A Philadelphia Eagles NFL team employee was fired from his
job for calling the team 'retarded' on his Facebook account. Dan Leone, a
game-day employee at the team’s stadium said in a statement to the Philadelphia
Inquirer that he ended up losing his job over comments he made on Facebook
which the Eagles team found offensive.
A Bronx school teacher named Chad Reynolds became the latest
teacher to get fired over Facebook. Reynolds, a former Fordham HS for the Arts
teacher got into trouble with the school board and parents when he
"friended" at least six female students. He then went on to comment
on their photos with comments such as "This is sexy" several times.
Brixx restaurant ended up dismissing one of its employees
over comments she made on Facebook about some customers being "cheap"
among other things.
The NFL fired an 18 year old cheerleader named Caitlin Davis
who worked for the New England Patriots over photos she posted on her Facebook
wall. There were a couple of swastikas as well as the word "Penis"
together with phallic symbols of "I'm a Jew" among many other things
which were drawn over the passed out and unconscious boy.
Swiss woman employed at Nationale Suisse did not go to work
because she called in sick. She said she would be "Unable to work in front
of a computer and needed to be able to lie in the dark" However, the
employer found out that on that day she was actually logged on to Facebook and
responded by firing her. Nationale
Suisse responded by saying that due to the incident they could no longer employ
the woman as it the occurrence "had destroyed its trust in the
The Airline Company Virgin Atlantic ended up taking
disciplinary action against 13 of its employee's who took part in a Facebook
discussion group that not only "criticized (Virgin Atlantic) safety
standards" but also "insulted its passengers" as well.
Feb. 26, 2009: A U.K. teenager was fired for calling her job
"boring." According to The Daily Mail, Kimberley Swann posted
comments such as, "First day at work. Omg (oh my god)!! So dull!!"
and "All I do is shred holepunch and scan paper!!!" [sic]. Swann was
canned after her boss discovered the comments.
April 28, 2009: A Minnesota nursing home employee was fired
after rumors spread that she had posted photos of herself with nude patients on
her Facebook page. Though no nude pictures were found, the employee did have
pictures of herself with clothed patients, which violated the home's privacy
policy and led to her termination.
.Feb. 11, 2010: South Carolina firefighter and paramedic
Jason Brown was fired for creating a three-minute-long animated video and
posting it on Facebook. The video, which showed a cartoon doctor and paramedic
responding to an emergency in a hospital, was meant to be a spoof, Brown said.
However, his department didn't find the video funny, calling it "an
embarrassment," and Brown was fired.
March 3, 2010: Gloria Gadsden, a professor at East
Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, was fired after updating her Facebook
status with things such as, "Does anyone know where I can find a very
discrete hitman? Yes, it's been that kind of day." [sic] The school said
it was being overcautious because of the Feb. 12 shootings at the University of
Alabama, in which professor Amy Bishop was charged with killing three fellow
May 24, 2010: The
city of West Allis, Wis. fired a veteran police dispatcher of 21 years over a
status update. Dana Kuchler was terminated after posting that she was
"addicted to vicodin, adderall, quality marijuana, MD 20/20 grape and
absinthe," on her Facebook page. Despite saying the post was a joke,
Kuchler was terminated by the city. Her union then filed an appeal, claiming
the punishment was too harsh for the crime. The arbitrator agreed, instead
sentencing Kuchler to a 30-day suspension without pay. The city is currently in
the process of appealing the new decision in an attempt to have Kuchler's
A Pittsburgh Pirates' mascot was fired earlier this summer,
after posting a comment about the team's choice to extend the contracts of two
of its managers </jobs/keyword/manager/>. Andrew Kurtz, 24, was fired
within hours of posting the comment "Coonelly extended the contracts of Russell
and Huntington through the 2011 season. That means a 19-straight losing streak.
Way to go Pirates," to his Facebook page.