ERIC Number: EJ1081289
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Reference Count: 9
May It Please the Court: Two Legal Cases to Teach Students about Social Media Based Terminations of Employment
O'Connor, Kimberly W.; Schmidt, Gordon B.
Journal of Management Education, v39 n6 p806-811 Dec 2015
Recent data suggest that 83% of individuals, aged 18 to 29 years, frequent social media sites (Drouin et al., 2015). This statistic confirms the need for universities to teach important issues regarding personal social media usage to students. At the forefront of these issues is how personal social media usage can affect students' future employment. Significant legal issues can arise when human resource (HR) departments use social networking sites to inform HR decisions regarding employee discipline or termination. This resource review focuses on the following two court cases that management educators can use to teach students about social media-based terminations of employment: (1) "Graziosi v. City of Greenville"; and (2) "Sanzone & Spinella v. Triple Play Sports Bar and Grille." These cases were chosen because they can be used in the classroom to discuss the various legal protections that exist for both public and private sector employees, which include free speech protections and certain protections under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). These cases can be used to help shape students' ethical awareness and decision-making abilities when it comes to personal social media use. They also provide a good illustration of how organizations handle situations where the interaction between employment and personal social media usage goes horribly awry.
Descriptors: Social Media, Information Literacy, Media Literacy, Employment, Legal Responsibility, Human Resources, Discipline, Dismissal (Personnel), Court Litigation, Employees, Private Sector, Teaching Methods, Case Studies
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