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Employee sacked for sharing Billy Connolly sketch on Facebook

An Asda employee has been sacked after breaching the company’s social media policy by posting an ‘anti-religion’ sketch by comedian Billy Connolly on Facebook.

The disabled employee was let go after a colleague complained that the sketch was anti-Islamic.

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Comments (2)

  • Doris
    Doris
    Thu, 4 Jul 2019 12:06pm BST
    I'd like to know if the employee in question was provided with a copy of the company handbook that explained Billy Connolly's particular brand of humour wasn't viable on the qualia-based reductionistic level.

    I've never seen the point of social media in my own personal opinion. Tautology aside, I think it's silly to inform people of my extrapolated instances of immediacy. Why would a particular generation aline itself with trends pertaining to their relative immediacy? No other generation has ever done that. For shame (on Millennials looking to have a laugh at work in a country stricken with austerity and an appalling housing crisis facing a post-Brexit apocalypse)!
  • Boris
    Boris
    Wed, 26 Jun 2019 1:11pm BST
    I would like to know if the employee in question was not only made aware of the policy but received training on said policy prior, or at the very beginning, of their employment? If they weren't then a case could be made that the employer failed in its duty of care to the employee in question for not doing so.
    However, I have always advised that employees steer well clear of these issues by not socialising online with colleagues. There are too many grey areas and instances of bullying claims against those being "unfriended" from a social media group. I don't use social media due to the risks involved. Personally I've never seen the need to inform people I barely know what I am doing at any given time.