NLRB Slams Facebook Firings, Applying Old Laws To New Tech

Law360, New York (December 20, 2012, 8:49 PM EST) -- A National Labor Relations Board decision released Wednesday ordering a nonprofit to reinstate five workers fired over comments they posted on Facebook cements the board's position that social media represents a virtual watercooler where workers' speech may be entitled to protection under long-standing labor law precedents, attorneys say. 

In a 3-1 decision dated Dec. 14, the labor board affirmed an administrative law judge's conclusion that Hispanics United of Buffalo Inc. ran afoul of the National Labor Relations Act when it axed five workers for Facebook comments...
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