Friday, August 19, 2016

Refrain from saying things on #socialmedia you don't want repeated #lawyerslife #socialmediaandthelaw #lawandsocialmedia

·         When bad judgment goes viral, watch out.
·         Online activity may hurt your current job and future employment prospects.
·         Youthful indiscretions live on in perpetuity online.
Be careful about what you say and when you say it.  There are numerous examples of employers seeing Facebook posts where people have said they never work at their job; then the employer fires the employee.
Bad judgment goes viral and employment (or unemployment)
People need to be careful about what they say online. Your words can hurt you professionally, and they can reflect negatively on your employer. There are tons of stories out there where people made racial or ethnic slurs online, and then they lost their job. I remember the woman who made a racial slur on Twitter right before taking off on an international flight. She cut off her phone. When she landed, her tweet had gone viral; someone alerted her employer; the employer fired her; and the employer issued a statement. The kicker is no one will hire this woman now because everyone knows what she said, and it shows how bad her judgment is. No one wants an employee with bad judgment because it can subject an employer to legal liability.
Perpetual youthful (and adult) indiscretions
Bad judgment online doesn’t necessarily always equate with legal liability. Sometimes it just plain makes you look bad. We all look bad sometimes, but we don’t want that to live on online forever and ever.
Be careful about what you say and when you say it. There are numerous examples of employers seeing Facebook posts where people have said they never “work” at their job; then the employer fires the employee. Also, who can forget the “Alabama Tea-bagger”You Tube video or the video of David Hasselhoff shirtless and muttering to himself while eating a massive cheeseburger?
Conclusion:

It is simple: don’t be stupid, but, if you are going to be stupid, please don’t put it online. Your parents will thank you. Your employer will thank you. Current and future spouses will thank you. Your future and current children will thank you. If you do put your stupid acts online, we will all laugh at you and be glad it isn’t us. That’s mean, but it is true. 
Conclusion:
It is simple: don’t be stupid, but, if you are going to be stupid, please don’t put it online. Your parents will thank you. Your employer will thank you. Current and future spouses will thank you. Your future and current children will thank you. If you do put your stupid acts online, we will all laugh at you and be glad it isn’t us. That’s mean, but it is true. 

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