In addition, employers that use Facebook, Twitter and other social media to check on their employees could be breaking European law in future - and could also face a hefty fine, equating to 4% of global turnover. An EU data protection working party has ruled that employers should require ‘legal grounds’ before snooping. The recommendations are non-binding, but will influence forthcoming changes to data protection laws – BBC News reports.
Hyman adds that if you understand the risks, you can still argue your reason for dismissal. His suggested reasoning goes along the lines of: “This is not the workplace for you, and if you want to sue us, bring it on. I’d be happy to defend my decision in court that this is not the type of behaviour insider or outside of work that helps define who we are as a company.”
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