Businesses need to sharpen up on terms of employment if they are to tackle bad behaviour on private Twitter feeds.
A personal remark on a personal Twitter feed can be reasonable grounds for disciplinary action by an employer. That’s the finding of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) of England and Wales after an employer dismissed a member of staff for posting allegedly abusive, non work-related messages on his personal Twitter account.
The case centred on an employee of Game Retail, who was employed in a role with responsibility for working with 100 of its retail stores. The employee had a personal Twitter account and this was followed by a number of the stores from around the country. When he posted potentially offensive tweets about towns he travelled to, Game undertook a disciplinary investigation which found him guilty of gross misconduct. He was dismissed immediately and later brought a claim for unfair dismissal.
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