We recently had a sexual harassment complaint about an employee. Out of curiosity, I Googled this person and found several websites that list his name and include details about his inappropriate sexual activities and relationships.
Aside from the internal sexual harassment complaint, the internet posts bother me very much. The situation certainly does not make the company look good and it tells me a lot about the employee’s moral and ethical standards. Can I fire him for the complaint as well as what I found out on the Internet?
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It’s not at all clear that the “several websites that list his name and include details about his inappropriate sexual activities and relationships” were actual postings by the employee at issue or postings by others about him. If they’re not his actual postings, I don’t think they can form the basis of any type of employment action other than giving the employer notice of potential problems to be on the lookout for or investigate further. You can’t believe most of what appears on the Internet. Cyberbullying is a very real phenomenon, and the negative postings may be examples.
Oh goodness, I didn’t even think of that! You are right, of course. It can be difficult to identify who actually wrote that stuff on the internet.
That was my first thought too!
Just imagine that you’ve been the victim of cyberbullying and because of it you get fired!
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