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The S&B People Podcast - Is it fair for an employer to rely on private Facebook posts to take disciplinary action?
S&B’s People Podcast is a series of bite-sized podcasts aimed at busy HR professionals and employers.
Chelsea Feeney, associate in our employment team, joins Frances Rollin for this episode of the S&B People Podcast where we talk about the recent tribunal case of Webb v London Underground. The employer in this case had dismissed an employee following posts on her private Facebook account, that the tribunal described as offensive, inflammatory and racially divisive. The tribunal considered if the employer could legitimately rely on private Facebook posts in order to take disciplinary action. It also considered the right to privacy and freedom of expression under the European Convention of Human Rights as well as some basic points for conducting a fair dismissal procedure.