A former employee with natural gas firm BG has filed a complaint against the company claiming he was dismissed for posting his CV on LinkedIn.
John Flexman, 34, has reportedly filed a complaint against the company for dismissing him after he checked the 'career opportunities' interest box on his profile page for the business networking platform.
BG argued that, in addition to expressing an interest in career opportunities, Flexman violated company policy by posting disparaging comments about his employer. The company noted that a number of current BG employees have profiles on LinkedIn.
Flexman's complaint brings attention to the ongoing debate over the appropriate use of social networking in the business space. The filing comes just days after a man in the US was sued by his former employer for taking control of a corporate Twitter account which had 17,000 followers.
Kate Hodgkiss, a partner at DLA Piper, said firms face the challenge of protecting confidential information, while still allowing employees to seek out job opportunities on the site.
"Cases like these demonstrate the complex issues which arise from employee use of social media and are important as their outcome may help to demonstrate how established legal rules may be applied to new technology," Hodgkiss said.
"Although employers are becoming increasingly aware of the need to manage the impact of social media at work, what is already clear from existing litigation in this field is that those that take a reactive, rather than a proactive, approach face higher risk of damage to their business resulting when social media and the workplace collide."
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