Jump to Navigation

Areas of Practice

Effective Insurance Defense Legal Counsel for Southern Louisiana

What employees may say before litigation may hurt them

It is natural for employees to be upset after being dismissed from a job. Despite the raw emotions a recently terminated employee may have, Louisiana law gives employers wide discretion in their ability to remove employees.

Indeed, it would be naïve to believe that every employer follows the law, and that wrongful terminations never occur, but this does not give employees the right to defame their former employer on social media. Suffice it to say, disgruntled employees may sabotage their own cases through social media rants.

The spirit of the rule that applies during criminal arrests basically applies in employment discrimination and wrongful termination cases. What an employee says can, and will be used against him or her in a court of law. This essentially means that social media posts and emails are discoverable information that can be used in litigation.

This is important because if posts on Facebook or Instagram were consistently made during work hours this information could be used to show that an employee was not performing his or her job,

Indeed, using social media during work hours has become commonplace, but evidence of excessive use during work hours could support the notion that a termination was based on legally enforceable grounds. This, in conjunction with post termination social media rants may not sit well with a jury (or a judge) in the event a dispute goes to trial.

So while a former employee’s disparaging statements may be embarrassing in the short term, it may all work out for the best in the long term for the employer.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

How Can We Help?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Our Office Locations

CAFFERY, OUBRE, CAMPBELL & GARRISON, L.L.P.

Lafayette Office
100 East Vermillion Street
Suite 201 
Lafayette, LA, 70501
Phone: 337-446-2442
Fax: 337-269-1753
Map & Directions

New Iberia Office
800 South Lewis Street
Suite 205
New Iberia, LA 70563,
P.O. Drawer 12410, New Iberia, LA, 70562-2410
Phone: 337-352-2310
Fax: 337-364-9822
Map & Directions

New Iberia Office
P.O. Drawer 12410
New Iberia, LA 70562-2410
Map & Directions

Subscribe to This Blog's Feed FindLaw Network