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

(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.

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Jun 9, 2011 11:02 AM CDT
Excellent. Another twit getting what they deserve.
Jun 8, 2011 10:48 PM CDT
Seems like a pretty harsh penalty for what she said. I could understand if she called the CEO a dick head but what she said seems to be correct except she left off some details about hours worked etc. Sounds like the guy that fired her should take a pill and relax.
Jun 8, 2011 10:42 PM CDT
What about the statement of the CEO that employees may leave early on Friday IF THEY HAD COMPLETED 40 HOURS of work during the week. We had that policy in the 70's for the people at the company I worked for. We're not talking about 'slackers' here. Just thinkin' ...