NLRB's OK Of Facebook Firing Leaves Questions Unanswered

By Abigail Rubenstein (October 2, 2012, 10:21 PM EDT) -- The National Labor Relations Board's decision condoning the firing of a BMW salesman over his Facebook comments shows that not all employee social media posts will be considered protected by federal labor law, but the ruling leaves employers still unsure of where the board draws the line, attorneys say.

In its first decision involving an employee fired over Facebook posts, the NLRB concluded Karl Knauz Motors Inc. was within the bounds of the National Labor Relations Act when it axed salesman Robert Becker for posting Facebook photos and comments related to an accident at an adjacent Land Rover dealership also owned...

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