How to Get Fired In 140 Characters Or Less

MarySheila McDonald, La Salle University
Ed Nickerson, La Salle University


As the use of social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter has increased, so have the number of adverse employment actions including terminations and reprimands. Job recruiters and universities routinely eliminate applicants with on-line activity, which, in their view, raises questions about the person’s maturity, integrity and judgment. Student postings may reveal information that creates ethical quandaries for faculty and administrators. Facebook and Twitter can be useful and entertaining, but the potential impact of one’s posts can be difficult to anticipate.

Using both actual and hypothetical scenarios, we will take a closer look at the legal and ethical landscape of social networking as well as the Do’s and Don’ts to ensure a prudent use of these popular technologies.