Woman Fired Over Tweet

Social media guru tweeted that co-workers leave early in summer

By Sarah Whitmire,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 8, 2011 2:55 PM CDT

(Newser) – Social media's hottest life-wrecker has claimed another one: A Pennsylvania social media specialist was fired after tweeting that her government co-workers leave work early to play golf, reports the Morning Call. Vanessa Williams got a pink slip from the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. in part because of a tweet she posted Friday from the agency’s account that read, "We start summer hours today. That means most of the staff leave at noon, many to hit the links. ..."

The agency’s CEO was less than pleased, saying, "I think this is an interesting lesson for all of us about the use of social media … how much information goes out there immediately and what the consequences are." He added that employees may leave early on Fridays only when they’ve otherwise completed 40 hours of work, a summer policy that has been in place for several years.

Vanessa Williams was fired this week, at least partly from this June 3 tweet.
Vanessa Williams was fired this week, at least partly from this June 3 tweet.   (Twitter)
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