Hydro One had a different take on the FHRITP phrase. Shauna Hunt, a City TV reporter was recently the victim of the F-Her Right In The P- outburst and decided to take a stand against the vulgar behaviour. She confronted the hecklers and explained their behaviour was disrespectful and degrading. She then asked why they would partake in such behaviour. The heckler continued to defend his actions and told her that it was hilarious. Hydro One, his employer, did not find this behaviour as comical.
Soon after the video went viral, the heckler was fired from his six figure salary. Hyrdo One argued that he had violated the company Code of Conduct and that they would not allow for any kind of harassment or discrimination within the environment. Along with human rights issues, there can be criminal implications for yelling vulgar comments into a camera during a live broadcast.
Many individuals support Hydro One’s decision and believe this is an example to follow. For that reason, Hydro One redeemed their name and image in the face of bad publicity. Many people applaud Hydro One’s decision to terminate the hecklers job but some disagree.
Some individuals argue that the comment was not in a work setting thus it should not impact the employees’ job. However, due to social media, it is easy for employers to see what you are doing outside of work. Many companies expect their employees to respect basic human rights and not participate in discriminating behaviour, at least publicly, outside of work. Consequently, some lawyers are arguing that the heckler should change his name as finding employment will now be challenging for him.
There has been an increasing trend of job terminations due to unacceptable employee behaviour on social media. For instance, there was a man who wrote a nasty comment on the memorial page of Amanda Todd (the teenager who had committed suicide due to bullying) someone was able to identify him and contacted his employers which resulted in termination.
The power of social media is massive in today’s world. A simple hash tag can start a trend against a company defaming them for intolerable practices which often results in change due to public pressure. An inappropriate picture going viral can result in an individual losing their job where professionalism is a standard, especially if positions of authority. Sometimes individual’s go through a tough day and just want to vent about their bosses or jobs on social media, this too can be detrimental to your position at work if discovered by the wrong person as it can result in libel and defamation charges.
Social media is a double edged sword; on one end it empowers us to take action against injustice and on the other end is makes us vulnerable to information being misconstrued. As mentioned in my last post, Facebook pictures are now being used in personal injury cases to assess the validity of a plaintiff’s claims of suffering from depression. Like it or not, social media has entered the legal sphere and it is here to stay.
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