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Apple upheld in firing employee for Facebook rants

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Wed Nov 30 2011, 11:37

FRUIT THEMED Apple has been upheld for sacking one of its employees after he posted negative comments about the firm and its products on Facebook.

Apple specialist Samuel Crisp was fired from his job for writing a series of posts on Facebook about the company and its products. An employment tribunal ruled in favour of Apple after Crisp appealed what he alleged was an unfair dismissal.

Crisp apparently posted various rants about his 'Jesusphone', otherwise known as an Iphone, on the social networking web site, according to The Metro. He said about one app, "F***ed up my time zone for the third time in a week and woke me up at 3am? JOY!!"

He made things worse by making fun of Apple's launch of the Beatles' music on Itunes by posting, "Tomorrow's just another day that hopefully I will forget." Apple's tagline for the event was "Tomorrow is another day. That you'll never forget."

The manager of the Apple store where Crisp worked was alerted to the Facebook posts by another employee who was a 'friend' of Crisp on Facebook and so was able to view the comments.

Even though these posts were set to 'private' on Crisp's Facebook account, the tribunal ruled that they could have been forwarded on and said the sacking was justified because Apple has a clear policy against employees making critical remarks regarding the brand.

The employment tribunal said, "We take into account their position that the Facebook posts were not truly private and could in fact have been forwarded very easily with the claimant having no control over this process."

Apple has yet to respond to a request for comment. µ


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