Misty Roberson: Fired For A Facebook Post About Her Sick Child?

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Employees have reported being fired for all kinds of Facebook posts: objectionable photos of themselves, criticizing the mayor, joking about regulations, complaining about management and even defending their hairstyle. But Misty Roberson says that she was fired as a clerk at a Rome, Ga., pediatric clinic for a post about her sick child, 14. "I am in a state of shock," she told CBS Atlanta. "And I was at the time, and I still am."

According to Roberson, in early October her daughter had a fever. Roberson was not able to get an appointment at Harbin Clinic Pediatrics where she worked for nine years as a clerk. So she brought her daughter to a different walk-in clinic. Then, like so many other moms on Facebook, she updated her friends about her daughter's condition in a Facebook post: "After being at the immediate care for two hours, I finally have answers to what was wrong with Alli's fever because work had no appointments. Can you believe it?"

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What followed was a stream of comments from friends expressing "their dismay and discontent" in how they'd been treated by Harbin. About 30 people posted comments on Facebook saying the clinic "never had appointments and they never could get us in," Roberson said.

Roberson told Atlanta TV station WXIA that about three weeks later a Harbin Clinic manager called her into an office and fired her, telling her that she'd failed to follow her employer's social media policy. A copy of the policy was provided to the station, and it reportedly prohibits employees from making "defamatory" or "disrespectful" comments about Harbin.

An employment attorney advising Roberson says that she believes that Roberson's right to free speech was violated. If employees are "talking about something that's true and working conditions, it's not defamatory, it's not illegal, and it's protected speech," she told WXIA's 11AliveNews.

When asked to comment, Harbin told WXIA that it doesn't comment on personnel issues.

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lovelyladyscorpi

Amazing that people can be hired to "spy" on employees and what they say on their Facebook pages...wonder if these employers will be paying for healthcare benefits for the "spies"......AND for all of you EMPLOYERS commening on what this woman posted....you want loyalty from your employees, you give loyalty to them!!!!! Too many employers think they are the "Almighty Power"...you work your employees to the bone for little to no recognition, but you expect them to bow down to you...think again, without your employees, where would you be??? Obviously you can't do the job on your own, otherwise you wouldn't need employees....APPRECIATE THEM...don't USE THEM for your personal and materialistic gains.

February 09 2013 at 8:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wesivey2

Sounds like the wounded duck syndrome, its ok to have it, but don't try to burn it on the employer forehead. I have friends that put every thing on face book, why do they wont everyone to know? I joined face book long ago, and had a bunch of friends, some of witch i did not know. how do you have friends that you don't know?

February 09 2013 at 6:55 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
cmk233

If you work for me, you don't have to eat the peanut butter we make, or you don't have to drive the kind of car we make, It wont make me unhappy, but if you advertise it on face book you would be fired. Some people want to make little waves while not realizing its defacing the company. Do they not have a place to go if its an emergency?

February 09 2013 at 6:35 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
CJaneSqdance

I hope she sues the heck out of them. She did not make defamatory remarks about her place of employment only stated the fact that she had to take her daughter to another clinic. She has a right to sue and she should.

February 09 2013 at 4:03 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Ricardo Martin

An employee's job is to promote their product. Causing descent among consumers is an automatic pink-slip in any era. Any complaint about service should come from the consumer.

February 09 2013 at 12:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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nightstigers

except she was a consumer in this case :/

February 09 2013 at 1:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
shyphillysbaby

Exact reason not to have Facebook it is either stalked by employers, stalkers, law and government its just another complement to the Drones that are spying on us and soon they will be able to stalk you anywhere any time. Yes privacy is gone and now technology rules. Sad just sad

February 09 2013 at 12:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
robth3blogger2

Another victim of employers stalking their employees. It's another a matter of time before people start fighting back.

February 08 2013 at 10:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
imaladybutterfly

she made a statement,,,work had no appointments... that is just that, a statement,,, she was not being defamatory" or "disrespectful" ..she caused no harm. someone is feeling really guilty about how they treat people but just don't want to face up to that,,,its much easier to point the blame over to the innocent person.

February 08 2013 at 10:32 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
workikon

What happened to a second chance or maybe a warning. Companies are to easy to just fire you and thats it end of discussion. If she had no other problems before I would talk to HR if they have one. Her boss should not be at his position by just reading this. The bos
s should be moved out of his position and she brought back.

February 08 2013 at 10:20 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Scott

Second chances died a long painful death. You owe your company 100% obedience and 100% loyalty until they are ready to throw you under the bus on a whim.

When the corporations finally officially take over, the Stripes on the American Flag are going to be re-designed to look like 13 tire treads.

February 08 2013 at 10:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kevin F

Hey! How about avoiding commenting on Facebook about work? Duh.

February 08 2013 at 10:18 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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