You’d probably fire an employee who embarrasses the company online. What about someone who writes an inappropriate comment that never mentions his employer?
That’s happened recently at a Missouri school.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ran an online article asking readers, “What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever eaten?”
One reader posted a one-word reply. The word? A vulgar term for a female body part.
The comment was immediately deleted by a site administrator. Within minutes, though, it reappeared. The administrator looked up the commenter’s IP address and found the comment came from a local school.
Believing it was most likely a student who posted the juvenile response, the paper contacted the school. It turned out the comment was written by an employee.
He was confronted by the school’s headmaster and resigned, the Huffington Post reports.
It certainly wasn’t the first time an employee lost his or her job because of something written online. But in most cases, the firing takes place to protect the company’s reputation or prevent online harassment — for example, when employees bad-mouth their employer or a boss or co-worker.
In this situation, though, the comment couldn’t be traced back to the school by any other than the folks behind the scenes at the paper’s Web site.
However, if the employee worked with children (no word as of yet on what exactly the man’s job was), just posting the comment may have been enough for the school to want him gone. Also, using an employer’s equipment to write an obscenity is, of course, frowned upon.
What do you think? Is an anonymous vulgarity enough to cost an employee his job? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.