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SOCIAL MEDIA : Pitfalls and policy

02 October 2015  

Mark Kaye and Charlie Bowden assess a recent EAT decision on the impact of careless comments by employees on social media

The perils of poor judgement on social media platforms became national news last month, with the publication of a LinkedIn message sent from a male senior partner to a young female barrister. Commenting on her professional photo, the solicitor in question accepted he was being ‘politically incorrect’ in remarking on the barrister’s ‘stunning’ image. But may not have anticipated that his name, and that of his firm, would be dragged through the mud by tabloid and broadsheet press alike – as well as by every online commentator keen to give their two pennies’ worth.


Additional Info

  • Case(s) Referenced:

    British Waterways Board v Smith [2015] UKEAT/0004/15

    Mason v Huddersfield Giants [2013] EWHC 2869

    Williams v Leeds United Football Club [2015] EWHC 376

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