Human Resources manager disciplined for posting on social media site…. A 34 year old human resources manager says he was forced out of his job because he posted a personal profile to the professional networking website LinkedIN.
An employment tribunal in Reading has heard that the man feels that his employer was particularly bothered by the fact that he ticked a box suggesting he was interested in further career opportunities on the LinkedIN site.
The man had been working for BG Group, a gas exploration company in Reading, Berkshire where his salary was a lucrative £68,000 a year. After posting his details to the LinkedIN site including his CV he visited the US on a short holiday where he received a call from his manager requesting that he remove the CV and informing him that he would have to face an internal disciplinary hearing on his return to work.
The man goes on to state that as many as 21 of his colleagues also ticked the same career opportunities box as he did on the LinkedIN site including even the person who was chairing the disciplinary process. After being presented with a list of disciplinary offences and being told he could potentially be sacked the man decided to quit his job in June of 2011 and has since found employment at Buro Happold, a construction company based in Bath and London.
A successful claim could see the man awarded hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation. Moreover it would be particularly remarkable as it would be the first time in the UK that a person has brought a constructive dismissal claim over details posted on LinkedIN
His former employer, BG Group, contend that he was in breach of new company policy that banned workers from ticking the career opportunities box. Another bone of contention between the two parties is the information revealed by the man on his CV as he included details about reducing staff attrition which the company said was confidential. The man responded by saying this information was available in the company’s annual reports so he was entitled to include it.
The man highlighted his key argument in this case: “It seemed to me that the focus of the charge sheet was the posting of my CV online”.
The case certainly illustrates the importance of having a clear and coherent social media policy. The hearing continues at the employment tribunal in Reading with a judegment expected soon.