It is a digital and social media world we are living in with the use of social media, blogging, video tablets and smartphones only growing in popularity. This new level of personal and professional transparency combined with the availability of mobile technology heightens the likelihood that your workplace will be impacted with social media in some way. It’s likely that your recruiting team is using social media as a candidate recruiting and sourcing tool. Quite possibly, your organization is using internal social media and collaborative communication tools to increase productivity and connectivity. Due to the increase of employee firings, layoff announcements and terminations that are happenings through social media channels, I thought it best to create a timeline of known events and case studies that are brought to our attention through the power of social media, online media and traditional news sources.
Fired Because of Social Media
This list you see before you is not meant to be all encompassing. It is ever growing and changing as new instances are brought to our attention through the power of you by leaving a comment below. This list was created to show how important social media and technology is in our lives as well as work and to help executives and business leaders make a decision to embrace the tools not ban them from organizations. Because of the prevalence of technology, companies have two decisions they can make: 1) Embrace the technology or 2) Avoid the technology. The problem is that even without a company’s involvement social media and technology is being used to share and tell their story. Companies have to embrace the technology and find ways to educate and train their employees how to use it while also preparing for the inevitable social media misstep that will take their company viral.
- Server, Chelsea Welch fired from her job at Applebee’s after posting a customer’s receipt on the online website, Reddit
- Social Media Manager, Poppy Rose live tweets department layoff from the HMV corporate Twitter account. Story goes viral as managers are scrambling to reset corporate Twitter account password
- ‘Bitter Barista’ Matt Watson was fired over his snarky blog
- 23 year old Colorado teacher was fired for tweeting naked twerk photos and pictures of her smoking marijuana
- KFC worker fired for posting photo of her licking a bowl of potatoes on social media
- Adria Richards is fired from SendGrid after she tweeted about conference attendees discussing topics she found to be inappropriate and of a sexual nature. SendGrid announces her termination via Twitter and Facebook
- Groupon CEO, Andrew Mason announces that he was fired via Twitter to employees, investors and customers
- Australian Miners fired for posting Harlem Shake video on YouTube
- Carly McKinney, 23 year old high school teacher, was fired after tweeting nude photos of herself while calling her students jailbait and talks about getting high
- Taco Bell fires employee for licking tacos and posting photo of it on Facebook
- Subway employees fired for posting pictures on Instagram and Twitter of male private parts in sandwiches and frozen urine
- Investigative reporter, Shea Allen fired after posting a confession on her blog that included sleeping on the job and stealing mail to snag a story
- Employee, Marina Shifrin resigns from job using a recorded dance video. Oddly enough, the company produces videos
- Pax Dickeron, CTO of Business Insider forced to resign after company discovers his inflammatory and offensive tweets
- White House Aide, Jofi Joseph, fired after admitting he was a Twitter Troll
- High School Coach Was Fired For This Facebook Photo
- PR Exec is fired for offensive tweet
- Adam Smith’s life has been turned upside-down in the 36 hours that followed his posting the video of his protest at Chick-fil-A, which involved letting a young female employee at the drive-thru know what he thinks about the company
- Cameron Jankowsk, an employee of Taco Bell is fired after someone posts a photo on Twitter of him peeing on a plate of nachos
- Three employee’s fired at Burger King in Ohio for posting a photo that when viral on Reddit as well as social media of employees stepping in bowls of lettuce meant for paying customers.
- Lindsey Stone is fired after posting a photo on Facebook of her disrespecting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier goes viral.
- Denise Helms was fired after calling Obama the N-Word and said she hoped he was assissinated.
- Meteorologist, Rhonda Lee is fired from news station after to responding to a viewer comment on Facebook criticizing her short hair cut.
- ACLU sends letter on behalf of employee, Robert Collins inquiring about Maryland Division of Corrections practice of requesting Facebook passwords as part of the employment process.
- Teacher, Ashley Payne, fired over Facebook picture with glass of wine and mug of beer
- Nir Rosen was fired after posting insensitive remarks on Twitter.
- Gilbert Gottfried is fired as voice of Aflac duck after he tweets racists comments after Japanese Tsunami.
- Scott Bartosiewicz worked for Chrysler when he posted a tweet that offended the entire City of Detroit.
- Teacher Christine Rubio was fired after joking about killing students.
- Nichole Crowther, Glee extra, fired over posting spoiler on Twitter
- Buckhingham Palace guard, Cameron Reilly, was relieved of royal wedding duties for posting rude comments about Kate Middleton on his Facebook page
- White Sox Manager gets suspended for two games after tweeting about his ejection from the baseball game
- Sportsnet host, Damian Goddard, fired over anti-gay marriage ads.
- Anthony Weiner tweeted lewd pictures of his man parts.
- Congressman Chris Lee Resigns Due to Embarassing Craigslist Photo
- Firefighter Jason Brown fired over Facebook post of viritual degratory firefighter video.
- CNN Employee, Mike Bacsik, gets fired over controversial tweet over passing of Lebanon leader.
- Employee, Rebecca Fobes, vents about job on Facebook, gets fired.
- Tania Dickinson was fired after describing her job as a very expensive paperweight
- Mike Bacsik fired from job as radio host after posting racist tweets
- Brixx Pizza fires waitress Ashley Johnson for Complaining About Tip on Facebook
- Catherine Deverny was fired after attacking various stars on Twitter during the Logie Awards
- Australian comedian was fired from writing job for tweeting joke in bad taste
- Ashley Johnson fired from job after complaining about customers on Facebook
- BMW dealerhsip fires Robert Becker over negative Facebook comments.
- Pittsburgh Pirate pierogi mascot, Andrew Kurtz, fired for bashing team on Facebook page
- Renee Gork was fired for wearing a Flordia Gators hat to an Arkansas Hogs news conference. She was a radio personality
- Seven doctors and nurses were fired for posting photos of them laying down on the job or planking on Facebook
- Frank Samuelson, youth football coach fired over racists comments on Facebook
- Eagles fires Dan Leone for calling them retarded on Facebook
- Connor Riley complained about his job on Twitter and got fired
- Swiss employee fired after calling in sick but was found to be spending time on Facebook. Company was said to have created ficticious persona that friended her on the social networking site
- David Le was fired after he posted negative comments about his summer youth job while on contract in DC.
- Jon-Barrett Ingles was fired after tweeting about Hung star Jane Adams not tipping.
- Timothy “DeLaGhetto” was fired for complaing about his job on Twitter.
- Employee, Dawnmarie Souza, fired over derogatory comments about her supervisor on Facebook
- Natalie Blanchard was fired for posting vacation photos on Facebook while she was off work for depression on disability
- Seven employees of the Farm Boy grocery chain fired for making derogatory comments about the Ottawa company and its customers in an internet chat room
- New England Patriots cheerleader, Caitlin Davis was fired photo was posted on Facebook that was controversial photo
- Teacher, Nora Carr fired after updating her Facebook interests which could be seen as discriminatory
- Patriots Cheerleader, Caitlin Davis, Fired After Facebook Swastika Photo
- Walmart employee, David Noordewier, fired after bomb threat joke fizzles online.
- Blogger, Heather Armstrong was fired from her job because she blogged about work colleagues on her website Dooce.com.
Did we leave some out?
This is a running crowdsourced this of terminations and firings related to social media activities by employees. Leave a comment below with a description and link if available, and we’ll work to add it to the running list. Checkout a related timeline of History of Mergers & Acquisitions for HR Technology by clicking here.