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Employment Attorney: Offensive Social Media Posts Can Get You Fired

“If the company finds that it tarnished their image or they don’t want to be associated with you, they, for the most part, have a right to let you go,” an employment attorney said.

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A racist rant posted on Instagram from a Community Health of South Florida worker has gone viral. 

The worker, who has been fired, uses the “N-word” and other profanity to describe African Americans. 

Community Health of South Florida posted an apology on Instagram, stating in part, “We do not tolerate any form of hate or discrimination.” 

Amy Bloom, a Broward County prosecutor, was also fired this week after making a post on Facebook calling protestors “obnoxious” and that she’s “never seen such animals except at the zoo.” 

"Racist comments 100% are going to get you fired, anything that can be viewed as engaging in distasteful jokes, stereotyping people,” said employment attorney Brian Lerner. 

Lerner says whether you work for a private company or the government, what you post online can get you fired.

“Talking about people, making fun of people, bullying, threats of violence,” he said.

Protests across the country are causing many to turn to social media. 

“People now want to speak out,” Lerner said. “Everyone has a position here.”

Two Broward County Sheriff’s deputies have been placed on administrative leave for social media posts. 

Details on what was posted haven’t been released, but BSO put out a statement saying in part, “BSO in no way condones opinions or statements that discredit an individual or reflect poorly on our agency.”

“If the company finds that it tarnished their image or they don’t want to be associated with you, they, for the most part, have a right to let you go,” Lerner said. 

He says employers are always watching, and it doesn’t matter whether you made a post or even just commented. 

“Whether it’s the main post with a picture or if it’s the comment underneath, you should believe that companies are scanning these things and looking at it,” Lerner said. 

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