The rules around social media and the work place have been well established now, but in Creighton v Together Housing Association Ltd, we still see people falling foul of the rules.
Mr Creighton had worked as a gas engineer for the housing association since 1987. There was an investigation into alleged bullying of another engineer, his employer discovered that he had made derogatory comments a number of years previously about his colleagues and employer on his open Twitter account.
The employer took disciplinary action against Mr Creighton and he was dismissed for gross misconduct over his tweets. He decided to go to tribunal. His case was based on:
he had thought his tweets were private;
he had posted them two or three years ago; and
he “deserved to be treated sympathetically” after nearly 30 years’ service.
He lost his case as the tweets were published and out there, no exuse. The moral of this case is be careful what you put online.