Judge: It's OK to Whine About Work on Facebook
NLRB orders nonprofit to reinstate five fired employees
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2011 6:00 PM CDT
Five workers fired for complaining about work on Facebook have been reinstated.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A potentially big win for those who like to carp about their jobs on Facebook: The National Labor Relations Board has ordered a Buffalo nonprofit to reinstate five workers who got fired for doing just that, reports Inc. They get back pay to boot. One catch: If you do want to whine about work online, try to do so with fellow employees. That makes the speech protected under the NLRB Act, which gives employees the right to talk to each other about working conditions, notes the Techland blog at Time.