Online bullying and harassment – employers beware

Social media can be good for business, but irreverent comments posted online and viral emails are just the opposite.

Employers are learning from past examples of internet misuse and misbehaviour by tightening acceptable-use policies and setting standards for emails and professional social networking. There will always be difficulties applying company rules to employees’ personal lives and online behaviour. The growth of the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) adds another layer of complexity to the ongoing privacy debate. How far can, or should, an employer seek to control errant employees?

Individuals and their employers may be sued for discrimination (for example, on the grounds of sex, race, or age) or harassment, as a result of inappropriate or illegal content posted online….

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