Dunedin Burger King worker may lose her $13 an hour job after
posting comments on the social networking site Facebook.
Last month, Julie Tyler (27) wrote on a co-worker's site
"Real jobs don't underpay and overwork people like Burger
While her comment was "liked" by four Andersons Bay Rd
co-workers, it has drawn the disapproval of the fast-food
Burger King management, after being given a printed copy of
the Facebook page, decided to charge Ms Tyler with serious
misconduct, and held a disciplinary meeting at the restaurant
"I feel like I haven't done anything wrong," she said.
Ms Tyler, who was supported by Andrew Tait, of Unite Union,
met managers of the two Burger King Dunedin stores to discuss
Following that meeting, Mr Tait confirmed another meeting
with company representatives would be held next Tuesday in
Dunedin, as the company was seeking further legal advice.
"They don't know how to deal with social media," he said.
The case highlights a growing trend for remarks made on
social media sites to rebound on those writing them.
Earlier this week, renegade Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira
posted on his Facebook page that "dickheads" were out to
expel him from the Maori Party.
Media commentator Jim Tully, of Christchurch, said people in
public life knew items posted on social media could get
"picked up" and the same rule could apply to anyone else.
"If you don't accept that, you are living [in] cloud cuckoo
University of Otago School of Business (management) head of
department Prof Alan Geare said when it came to social media,
people would be well advised to remember any posting should
be treated "like putting a note on a public noticeboard".