Teenager Sacked After Facebook Faux Pas

A 16-year old teenager was dismissed by her employer after writing on her Facebook page that she considered her job as an office administrator as being "boring".

Ivell Marketing and Logistics fired Kimberley Swann, who started worked only three weeks before, even though she never explicitly mentioned the company.

The termination letter from the company said that "Following your comments made on Facebook about your job and the company we feel it is better that, as you are not happy and do not enjoy your work we end your employment with Ivell Marketing & Logistics with immediate effect."

Swann refuted the arguments of her ex-employers saying that they were "nosey, going through everything", something that the TUC general secretary Brendan Barber backed up, adding that "Employers need to recognise they employ real people, not robots, and should grow slightly thicker skins".

What seems to have convinced Ivell Marketing and Logistics to sack the teenager might have been her invitation to other staff members to read and comment on what she wrote.

This case, as with many before, highlights the issues that arise when employees use online personal space, like on Facebook or Twitter, to express their opinions or vent their frustrations.

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How could Kimberley's employers found out about her Facebook rants? Did tthey snoop on her? Getting bored in a job is not the end of the world and truth be said, it is a phase that we all went through at some point in time. Kimberly is only 16 and in other workplaces, this might have been overlooked or simply reprimanded with a slap on the hand.

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