Archive for the ‘Privacy’ Category

As I have preached on many occasion on this blog, be careful of what you do online that your employer may become aware of since it may haunt you in your job at a later time. Even where, as in the sex bloggers case, you try to keep your online activities anonymous, sometimes it does not always work out that way.

A 37-year-old blogger and mom The Beautiful Kind (“TBK”) was happily employed doing part-time office work for a nonprofit organization, and hoped she would soon go full-time. Instead, a “Twitter glitch” led her boss to her blog, which included a sex-advice column, porn reviews, and descriptions of TBK’s own sex life (she’s since taken down most of the content). However an April 23 post, was still available in cached form:

Here’s what’s coming up! 1. This week I’m having my first colonic, as well as my first pussy modeling session (but not at the same time) 2. Next week I’ll be sharing one of the hottest moments of my life. It will come at you in three smokin’ parts.

TBK claims she had originally signed up for a Twitter account under her real name, then quickly changed it when she saw it showed up on her profile. However, Twitter apparently saved the name, and “third party social media search engines such as Topsy crawled and found this glitch and spread it around the internet.” The result: when her boss Googled her last week, he found her blog, although the blog itself never listed her name. The employer’s search resulted in a termination letter as follows:

We simply cannot risk any possible link between our mission and the sort of photos and material that you openly share with the online public. While I know you are a good worker and an intelligent person, I hope you try to understand that our employees are held to a different standard. When it comes to private matters, such as one’s sexual explorations and preferences, our employees must keep their affairs private.

While the employer claims that her termination was due to business concerns, the sex blogger claims that she did her job well and kept her private life private. So was this just an employer trying to impose its personal beliefs on its employees? Of course, this would not be the first time such a thing has happened. Why didn’t the employer just ask her to take down the blog? Would this have not assuaged the employer’s concerns? Seems like more laws need to be passed to keep employers out of the private lives of their employees, so long as their out of office activities don’t affect their work or performance, its none of their business what they do in their personal time. What do you all think?