On March 31, the NLRB upheld an ALJ’s recommended decision that an employee had been discharged in violation of the NLRA for protected concerted activity when he was discharged for making the following comments about a supervisor on Facebook:
Bob is such a NASTY M***ER F***ER don’t know how to talk to people!!!!!! F*** his mother and his entire f***ing family!!!! What a LOSER!!!! Vote YES for the UNION!!!!!!!
(Asterisks added.) The majority of the Board panel found that the employee’s comments were protected by the NLRA, and ordered that he be reinstated.
Meanwhile, American workers in the United Arab Emirates not only don’t have NLRA rights, but they also may face jail for what they post on social media. A Florida man who was employed by a UAE company and had quit in a dispute over sick leave, called his supervisors “backstabbers” on Facebook while he was on vacation in Florida. Upon his return to the UAE to get his property, his employer initiated criminal prosecution because he allegedly violated a UAE law that prohibits slandering an employer. The employee apologized, and the charges were dropped, but he could have received up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.