Fired for blogging2004-09-22
While many blogs deal with companies, professions and issues, the vast majority remain personal journals. That was the case with (name removed at the individual’s request), a resident (at the time) of Iqaluit, a Canadian town near the Arctic Circle. According to today’s Globe and Mail (which seems to do a better job covering the social impact of technology than most US papers), she posted a picture of some garbage she found outside the town. She liked the imagery. (Article)
The post got her fired from her job as a marketing officer at the Nunavut Tourism agency. The article explores the laws that allow such firings, both the the US and Canada. The laws are harder to fight in the US, by the way. “In most states, you can be terminated for a good reason, a bad reason, or no reason at all,” according to Michael Karpeles, a Chicago employment lawyer.
Bloggers will have to come to terms with the grey area between their personal lives and their jobs. “There are some employees who don’t realize how powerful they are, especially if they start creating bad publicity,” publisher of BlogsCanada.ca, a blogging guide. “A blog is a publication, and bloggers have to realize that they’re publishers.”