Teacher at Catholic School Loses Job for Same-Sex Marriage Posts on Facebook
Another example of how personal conduct on social media leads to loss of employment. Here, a popular elementary school teacher lost her job because her Catholic employer did not approve of her same-sex marriage photos that she posted on Facebook.
U.S. workers are increasingly finding it difficult to escape from work. Through their smartphones, email, and social media, work tethers them to their workstations well after the work day has ended. Whether at home or in transit, employers are asking or requiring employees to complete assignments, tasks, and projects outside of working hours. This practice has a profound detrimental impact on employee privacy and autonomy, safety and health, productivity and compensation, and rest and leisure. France and Germany have responded to this emerging workplace issue by taking different legal approaches to providing their employees a right to disconnect from the workplace. Although both the French legislative and German corporate self-regulation models have their advantages, this paper puts forth a hybrid approach using existing U.S. safety and health law under OSHA to respond to this employee disconnection problem. Initially under the general duty of clause of OSHA, and then under OSHA permanent standards and variances, this article provides a uniquely American approach to establishing an employee right to disconnect from work.
Why Kanye West’s New Instagram Campaign Could Be Illegal (my latest article)
New York Fashion Week starts this Thursday, but Kanye West unveiled his new line a week early on the digital catwalk—Instagram. Last week, the social network’s feeds were flooded with photos of various models—such as Paris Hilton, Jordyn Woods, and Amina Blue—posing as Kim Kardashian lookalikes, platinum wigs and all, wearing the Yeezy label. To read more go here.
Pentagon Reviewing Social Media and Wearable Device Policies
The Pentagon had an issue the other weekend when a mobile fitness-tracking app company called Strava posted a heatmap of user activity. This was an issue because it highlighted an airfield and military base that was hidden from the world. What the heatmap showed were running patterns of servicemembers. This was an issue because it could allow enemy combatants to set up ambushes or learn the locations of facilities.
Defense Secretary James Mattis ordered an immediate review of Defense Department policies related to wearable electronics upon finding out about the heatmap and the detrimental effect it could have on the military. A ban on personal smartphones within the Pentagon is something that Mattis is now considering. DOD personnel have annual training for social media and wearable device do’s and don’ts. The emerging technology in society has necessitated a reinforcement of operational security and force protection. Policies will need to be reviewed in order to better protect secrets.