Odd Blog Gets Google Employee Canned
Mark Jen, formerly of Google, was fired back in February for maintaining a blog about his daily life there. This follows other oustings at high-profile companies for blogging – a Delta airlines employee among them – over the past couple of months. Are these cases evidence that people just don’t know how to use the new technology appropriately?
I dunno – these things are pretty common sense. And I’m not sure why people think it’s okay to report what’s tantamount to a newsletter on the inner operations and practices of their employer. Although, yes, it’s a form of censorship, does anyone really think their employer wants that kind of information circulating around? A recent American survey of Internet users suggested not, with respondents saying there’s still a right to privacy for individuals. And since the poll reflected other attitudes
Bottom line here: it’s legal to terminate you almost everywhere in both Canada and the US without cause. The only issue that remains would be severance I suppose, and that’s gonna depend (at least in Canada) on how long you were there. Nobody’s tried suing an employer yet for damages following using a blog, and it might be interesting to see it happen. Will cover it here if anything crops up.