Facebook Likes May Not be Worth the Job

We live in an exhausting world of social media. Whether it be on your computer, tablet, phone, social media has reached far into our lives, even to include our jobs. It is easy to feel anonymous in your social media postings, even though your name is attached. There is so much social media white noise that there’s no reason to stick out. Your employer will probably never see you online, right? It might be time to think again.

A flight attendant for the budget carrier, Spirit Airlines, is out of a job because of Facebook posts that a passenger located. The flight attendant had gone down to the tarmac joined by others (not confirmed if any of them had authority to be down on the tarmac). The flight attendant climbed into a side jet engine well and posed for several pictures in front of the turbine blades.

A passenger getting on to the flight saw the flight attendant and her companion snapping pictures, and grew concerned for the attendant’s safety as well as the safety of the plane. Trying to confirm whether or not this was part of a new pre-flight check, the passenger located the flight attendant’s Facebook page (using the employee’s name tag), and found that the photos were posted on the site. One even served as the employee’s profile picture. A comment on that photo from the flight attendant joked that she could be fired for this picture.

Spirit Airlines issued a statement saying, “the activity portrayed in the photo absolutely goes against Spirit policy.” The photos, and then eventually the entire profile, was taken down by the flight attendant. Right after the photos disappeared and while the page was still active, the flight attendant posted a quote saying, “Your wings already exist, all you have to do is fly.”

This is the latest reminder to employees that most states in this country are at will, and even a Facebook, Instagram, Twitter posting can serve as fodder for termination. Anything from photos to comments to rants might the something employers see and take action on. Remember, if you call in sick and a picture surfaces of you wine tasting in the next state over, it might not sit well with your boss if they see. Same with friending/following your boss or supervisor, then posting a rant about how much you dislike them—it never turns out well.

Source: ABC News & Yahoo.com