Facebook Firing Settlement Talks in Works

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A hearing has been postponed in a case involving a Connecticut woman fired from her job after she made
disparaging remarks about her boss on Facebook while the two sides discuss a possible settlement.

Attorneys say the hearing that was originally scheduled for Tuesday in federal court in Hartford is now set for Feb. 8.

The National Labor Relations Board alleges the woman's employer, American Medical Response of Connecticut Inc., illegally fired emergency medical technician Dawnmarie Souza in late 2009 after she criticized her supervisor on her personal Facebook page.

AMR officials have claimed she was ousted after complaints of rude
service.

The NLRB's complaint, filed in October, could set a precedent for employers, as more workers use social networking sites to talk
about their jobs.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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