Government settles Facebook suit; right to criticize upheld -

Government settles Facebook suit; right to criticize upheld


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wanna say something bad about your boss or your job on Facebook? Feel free -- a closely watched case seems to indicate that employers can't stop workers from blasting them online. The federal government has settled a lawsuit against a Connecticut ambulance company that fired a worker after she took to Facebook to rip her boss. The National Labor Relations Board sued the company last year, arguing that worker's negative comments are protected speech under federal labor laws. The company claimed it fired the emergency medical technician because of complaints about her work. Under the settlement, the ambulance company agreed to change its blogging and Internet rule that bars workers from bad-mouthing the company or its supervisors. The company also will revise another policy that prohibited employees from depicting the company in any way over the Internet without permission.

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