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In this day and age if there is ever a workplace investigation, one of the first places that should be check are social networks. According to LexisNexis® Legal Newsroom, social media played a big part in a recent workplace discrimination lawsuit.
The lawsuit was filed by Brandon Waters, a former employee of a Steak N’ Shake in Aurora, Ohio. Waters, who is biracial, was born with a viral infection that affects his motor and speech skills. The incidents cited two individuals, former co-worker Timothy Schoeffler and the former manager at the restaurant Nick Karl. The suit claimed the following:
The key to this case was that the two people accused went on social media and further discussed the incidents. Ultimately this lapse of judgment on their part allowed investigators to find the smoking gun .
How important is it for employers to check social media accounts for workplace investigations? Let us know below.
I think it is disturbing to think that employers are looking over our shoulders and monitoring our personal, social media accounts.