Watch CBS News

Hospital: Woman No Longer Employed After Inflammatory Social Media Post

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- You may want to think twice before you post on social media. Jefferson Hospital says one of its employees no longer works there because of a post she made on Facebook earlier this week.

The racially charged post talked about the Black Lives Matter protests. It quickly went viral across social media, with many contacting the hospital to demand the woman's termination.

Social media expert and attorney Eric Meyer says he sees scenarios like this all too often, despite workplace policies that emphasize best practices.

"There's a general misunderstanding, or myth, that employees have free speech online and especially with private employers like a hospital, that's just not the case," Meyer said.

A Jefferson Hospital spokeswoman would not confirm the former employee's position, but hospital leaders released multiple statements online saying the post does not reflect the views, or culture, of its workplace.

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.