In my reading, I have run across several blog posts that I think it would behoove you to read. These writers talk about topics that each HR professional should pay attention to, in order to be better prepared to deal with similar situations.
Despite the fact that social media use has been around for a long time, mistakes are still being made by both employees in what they publish and their lack of awareness of their employer’s policies, and employers in how they react to violations of their policies. Jon Hyman uses a recent occurrence that made headlines to explain the state of social media use. In Some lessons from the employee fired for middle-fingering Trump’s motorcade, Jon explains to readers that “Employees have not yet realized that anything they say online can impact their professional persona, and that every negative or offensive statement could lead to discipline or termination.” He also explains that employers making termination decisions based on protected categories AND social media policy violations may find themselves in trouble. Click on the link above to reap the reward from Jon’s wisdom.
Sexual harassment has been covered widely in the news. Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Piven, Brett Ratner, Dustin Hoffman, and just today, Jesse Jackson have all been accused of sexual harassment. The hashtag #MeToo has been widely displayed in messages across a wide assortment of social media. Attorney Robin Shea wrote a very sensible and reasoned post about harassment in #MeToo? Sure, but not all sexual harassment is alike, and not all workplaces are like Hollywood. Her observations mirror mine, but she is far more articulate that am I, so I suggest you read her post.
Calling your lawyer
The Evil HR Lady, Suzanne Lucas, offers up very strong advice on when HR needs to call their employment lawyer. These are some sticky situations that most of us will find ourselves in at some point. If I were you I would pay attention to her advice. Read 6 Situations When Employers Must Hire an Employment Law Attorney.