Fired for refusing to hand over Facebook password

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PostMon Apr 02, 2012 10:19 pm » by domdabears


Kimberly Hester, a grade school teacher's aide in Michigan, was fired for refusing to hand over her Facebook password to her supervisors. Hester posted a picture of a co-workers' shoes and pants bunched around her ankles on Facebook in April 2011 with the caption, "Thinking of you." She posted the picture in jest, but a parent who's on her Facebook friend list saw the image and reported it to Frank Squires Elementary where Hester was employed, prompting the investigation.

Teachers have gotten in trouble for Facebook status messages before, but in Hester's case, it's her refusal to hand over her password that actually got her fired. One of the supervisors from the Lewis Cass Intermediate School District (ISD), the regional service center for education in Michigan, even wrote her a letter when she refused to give them her password for the third time. Part of the letter read: "... in the absence of you voluntarily granting Lewis Cass ISD administration access to you[r] Facebook page, we will assume the worst and act accordingly." Lewis Cass wanted to put Hester on a paid administrative leave before they fired her, but she chose to go on an unpaid leave because she believes she did nothing wrong. She plans to use the letter she received to sue the school district.

An increasing number of companies and schools have started asking employees and students for their Facebook passwords. The practice has been growing at such an alarming rate, that Facebook released its official stance on the issue, telling its users that they have the right not to comply with their employers' request. Several politicians including Michigan's own State Representatives Aric Nesbitt and Matt Lori have been pushing for bills that will make the breach of privacy an illegal practice. Unfortunately, it hasn't been going very well for them — the House of Representatives recently rejected a legislation that would protect your passwords from employers' prying eyes.

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PostMon Apr 02, 2012 10:27 pm » by Mushroom


Guilty until proven innocent.

I would have fired her for adding a parent to her friend list. :D

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PostMon Apr 02, 2012 10:36 pm » by Dagnamski


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Quotey "Hester posted a picture of a co-workers' shoes and pants bunched around her ankles on Facebook in April 2011 with the caption, "Thinking of yous".

That seems perfectly reasonable behaviour. :lol:

Damn trolls!

no co-workers were harmed during this incident as she refused to give her holy password in. :banana:

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PostMon Apr 02, 2012 10:57 pm » by Scarecro


"... in the absence of you voluntarily granting Lewis Cass ISD administration access to you[r] Facebook page, we will assume the worst and act accordingly."

Give admin access to your facebook? So they are pissed she wouldn't friend them?

I must be reading this differently, I see nothing about them specifically asking for her password, they just want access to her FB page. Of course she has the right to refuse.

EDIT: I did read it wrong.
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PostMon Apr 02, 2012 10:59 pm » by Dagnamski


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PostMon Apr 02, 2012 11:22 pm » by domdabears


dagnamski wrote:let the fear be with you :love:

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PostMon Apr 02, 2012 11:41 pm » by Eldorado


I am surprised they didnt even try to get the password from Facebook.....they would have given it up freely, as quickly as they gave up the other information freely.
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PostTue Apr 03, 2012 4:35 am » by Mediasorcerer


facebook say its illegal to give there password to 3rd parties.
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PostTue Apr 03, 2012 2:02 pm » by Ufosarus


anyone who has a facebook account sould be fired or at least given a good beating!

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PostTue Apr 03, 2012 2:09 pm » by Flecktarn


all social sites like assbook and twater are the cause of more arguments ,than ever before ,people spend so much time telling everyone else such mundane things and idiots respond with like ,this is why the world sucks
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