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Partner Nelson Thomas Discusses the Effects of Social Media in the Workplace

Nelson Thomas was quoted in a Democrat & Chronicle news article: Facebook fight over MCC no-confidence vote: Can you be fired for public media posts?

Mr. Thomas emphasized that employees of a public college “would be protected under the First Amendment in their free speech rights” for personal activity on social media.

Even in the case of a private college, Mr. Thomas said that employees would still have protection under “NY Legal Activities Law, prohibiting employment discrimination based on political and other legal activities,” as well as the “National Labor Relations Act to complain about their workplace.”

The bottom line is that “even if your employer requires you to sign a social media policy you as an employee are still protected under the law.”

If you believe your legal rights in the workplace have been interfered with because of social media use, contact us for a confidential evaluation of your situation.

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