Sure Way To Get Fired: Post ‘I Wish I Could Get Fired Some Days’ On Facebook
12:30 pm, January 26th | by Laura Donovan
We’ve all had work days in which we wished we’d be asked to leave and never come back. Then comes the hard-hitting reality that unemployment is about as bad as it gets in the professional world. Phoenix resident Amy McClenathan, who is still heartbroken over the loss of her mother, learned this lesson after updating her Facebook status with the confession, “I wish I could get fired some days, it would be easier to be at home than to have to go through this.” Whether you’re Facebook friends with anyone from work or not, a comment of this nature never brings anything good, and McClenathan wound up losing her job.
“It was a very small sentence, but it was one of the most powerful sentences I’ve ever typed in my life,” she said, adding that she’d posted the remark around the one-year anniversary of her mom’s passing. You’d think she’d get a pass, but the woman was asked to leave the day following her Facebook status update.
On top of it all, her firing may not have even been warranted. Phoenix attorney Dan Barr told AZ Family that the woman’s post could very well be protected by the law:
“If the employer reprimands you for discussing your job on Facebook, that can run afoul of the National Labor Relations Act…“If you were to post on Facebook, I work for a bunch of crooks or company X is the worst place in the world to work, that would not be protected. If you post on Facebook I was cheated out of a bonus or that I’m working too many hours and other employees respond and you get a conversation started about that, that counts.”
Even so, McClenathan takes responsibility for what she wrote, and if you want to keep your job (as awful as it may seem some days), you should probably do the same.