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We say it time and time again: Under certain circumstances, you can fire employees for posting inappropriate tweets.
The White House put this golden rule to the test when it recently fired Jofi Joseph, a National Security Council director. Joseph was let go after an extensive investigation linked him to the Twitter handle @NatSecWonk, which criticized many players in Washington and national politics, according to Washington D.C.'s WRC-TV. Worst of all, his disparaging jokes weren't even funny.
In honor of Joseph's perilous lack of good judgment and foresight, here's a friendly reminder of when you can fire an employee for unprofessional tweets:
Terminating an employee for inappropriate tweets is an awkward matter. To make sure everyone's on the same page, consider dedicating an employment contract provision that clarifies what types of social media conduct can lead to termination.
For personal advice about whether it's OK to fire an employee over tweets or other social media activity, you may want to consult an experienced employment lawyer near you.
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