People turn to Facebook and other social media outlets to share life events — it is a common practice for people these days. Something good happens, and you want people to congratulate you and share in your joy. Something bad happens, and you want to vent and obtain sympathy from your friends and family. Posting on Facebook is natural and, in many ways, can help you feel a human connection.
However, there are times when sharing your life details on Facebook is not appropriate and may hurt your legal case. Facebook is a public venue and any posts made to it, whether still visible or later deleted, may be discoverable by the opposing party.
As a potential or current client of Maloney Law & Associates, PLLC, you should have a basic knowledge of what you should not post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media outlets. If you are experiencing a legal problem involving your employment, turn to our law firm for the guidance and knowledge that your case requires. Call us in Charlotte, North Carolina, at 704-323-8961 or toll free at 888-321-1955. An employment lawyer can talk to you about your case and inform you about what to avoid on social media.
Social media and electronic communication may be discoverable; it can be used against you. If you use any of the following, the information may be discoverable:
It may be tempting, especially if you were wrongfully terminated or subjected to a discriminatory action or other wrongful action, to bad-mouth your employer. It may be tempting to fire off an angry note about your employer and click “post.” It may be tempting to vent to a friend in a Facebook message about how you would like to retaliate against your employer for what’s been done to you. To be safe, you should assume that none of your communications or posts are private. Posts you later regret could affect the strength of your case or the potential damages you can recover.