Wednesday, August 31, 2005

The ugly side of blogging

Think your blog will allow you to stay completely anonymous?

Think again.

Here are a few case of people being fired, disciplined, or worse as a result of their blogging:

Ellen Simonetti used to be a Delta Airlines flight attendant until she posted pictures of herself in her uniform on her blog.

Rachel Moesteller used to write for a North Carolina newspaper until human resources found out about her blog.

Penny Cholmondeley was fired from her job at Nunavut Tourism after her supervisor received an anonymous complaint about her blog detailing life in the Canadian Arctic.

Iranian blogger was arrested in February 2005 and initially sentenced to 14 years in prison for blogging, but was released later in March. Three other Iranian bloggers are still being held in prison.

Read more about bloggers who have been "dooced" (fired because of their blogs)
here and here.


At 7:12 PM, Blogger Rachel White said...

Why do companies fire bloggers?

*Misuse of company time or equipment
*Disclosing confidential information or trade secrets
*Being disparaging toward management or co-workers

At 7:14 PM, Blogger Rachel White said...

A recent survey of Human Resources professionals by the Society for Human Resources Management says that only 3% of companies reported firing employees for blogging.

In fact, blogging is still such a relatively young phenomenon, that most companies have no blogging policies established.

At 7:17 PM, Blogger Rachel White said...

North Dakota is only one of a handful of states that have recently enacted laws that can limit how and when you can be fired for non-work related things you do in your own time. (NDCC 14-02.4-01, Human Rights)

Blogging is not mentioned specifically in the law. And I'm just a librarian, and not qualified to give legal advice.


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