Disparaging Comments on Web, Quirky Question # 14
Quirky Question # 14:
One of our employees discovered fortuitously (by Googling his own name) that a co-worker down the hall has been posting messages to a Web-blog, in which he identified the employee by name and made graphic, negative sexual observations about him. Not surprisingly, the two employees are not friends. The subject of the comments had no idea that this conduct was going on and is worried about how these comments already have or will affect his reputation (both within the company and outside of it).
We intend to terminate the employee who placed the comments on the Blog. Are there any risks associated with that discharge? We also wonder what actions, if any, the company should take vis-’a-vis the employee about whom the comments were made? Does that employee have any legal rights that could be asserted against either the company or the employee we expect to terminate? Answer→