In recent months in our Greenbelt Employment Law Blog, we've discussed some of the intricacies of Facebook as it pertains to employment law. For the most part, we have discussed whether Maryland area employers have the right to access their employees' Facebook profiles and passwords. Another employment law issue that is ever present in the digital age is that of employees using computers for personal use in the workplace.
When March Madness arrived in full force earlier this week many employment law professionals were paying more attention to the dispute over lucrative NCAA contracts than the basketball games.
With social networking a part of our daily lives, many Maryland employees are wondering about privacy risks, and if they could be fired for what is posted on social networks, such as Facebook. Americans spend an increased amount of time on social networking sites, and could be giving employers grounds for dismissal. Employment attorneys and human resource teams are searching for a legal balance between public and private information that can be garnered. Maryland employment law has not specifically addressed this new media issue in too much detail. However, information and photos placed on a social network can be often legally be monitored by an employer, and employees do sometimes lose jobs for what is posted.