|Published:||Oct 22, 2013 10:35 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 23, 2013 11:00 AM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. -Watch what you do online because it could cost you your job.
Last night we told you, Greg Voigt, a teacher at Port Charlotte High School, is out of the classroom and resigned after allegedly writing racy messages on Twitter.
So,WINK News wants to know, legally, can certain things you post on your personal profile put your job in jeopardy?
"They do have freedom of speech rights, but they are not unlimited freedom of speech rights," said employment attorney, Denise Wheeler.
Wheeler admits this is a very touchy area and says your rights all depend on where you work.
For example, if you're employed by a private company, they can fire you if they don't like what you're putting on your social media page.
However, Wheeler says, if you work at a public company you have more freedom of speech rights.
"If what they are saying makes them inappropriate for the position that they are holding, certainly they can be disciplined for that," said Wheeler.
One man who took down his Facebook page in fear of his job being in jeopardy.
"No matter what if someone sees something they don't want to see they will hold it against you," said Troy Parker.
But one business owner we spoke with could care less what her employees post online as long as they're good workers.
"You never know the context of where something is going to be posted on there, who posted it, how long ago," said Market Earth owner Karen Allegretti.
The employment attorney we spoke with also says if your company fires you from something you posted online, most of the time you cannot appeal that, because once you post something online you knowingly broadcasted it to whoever follows you.
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