On Monday, the National Labor Relations Board settled a lawsuit against American Medical Response of Connecticut, Inc., an ambulance company that fired an employee for criticizing her boss on Facebook. That, and she probably didn't help water his crops on Farmville, either.
The NLRB took issue with the termination and sued the company, calling the employee's Facebook musings protected speech under labor laws.
The ambulance company will change policies that previously:
-barred employees from depicting the company in any fashion online without permission.
-barred employees from disparaging their supervisors or the company.
Wow. I mean, one of the reasons this country is el numero uno is you have every right to call your boss King Douchenozzle if you so desire, and understand the consequences based on the timing. Call your boss a lifetime subscription of fail in a trial-sized envelope at a staff meeting, and it's your own fault security is watching you clean out your desk. Do it when you get home, and well, your boss just has to suck it up until they can get home and fall asleep crying.
There you have it in a nutshell. If anything else, the Obama administration can be remembered for at least reaffirming our right to call our boss a dickhead. Or worse. Either way, I'm just glad I'm self-employed. I love my boss.