Bracewell’s Becky Baker spoke with TechTarget’s Patrick Thibodeau on how recent incidents playing out on social media are challenging the notion of employee privacy.
Social media has become such a blunt tool, it may force employers to reveal information they would normally keep confidential. That’s what happened in response to the widely publicized confrontation between dog walker, Amy Cooper, and a birder in New York’s Central Park, in which Franklin Templeton disclosed in a tweet that it had fired Cooper following the incident.
“Generally speaking, there are no laws that say an employer specifically and directly can’t disclose circumstances around an individual’s employment separation,” said Baker. But they don’t do so because of a risk of a legal claim, such as defamation, she said.