NLRB Says Firing Based on Facebook Posts Was Illegal: In a groundbreaking case, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has issued a complaint claiming that a company’s firing of an employee who criticized her supervisor on Facebook was an unfair labor practice. This is the first time the labor board has argued that workers’ criticisms of their employers on a social networking site are protected. The NLRB issued the complaint against American Medical Response of Connecticut for firing medical technician Dawnmarie Souza after she called her supervisor a psychiatric patient and referred to the supervisor by derogatory terms on her Facebook page. The NLRB also alleged the company’s Internet policies, which prohibited employees from making disparaging, discriminatory, or defamatory comments about supervisors, co-workers, competitors or the company, were overly broad and interfered with employees’ right to engage in protected activities under Section 7 of the NLRA. A hearing is scheduled for January 25, 2011.