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Philadelphia Daily News: Your blog could get you recruited – or fired

For businesses, blogs and other forms of personal Internet communication constitute a new frontier fraught with promise and peril. On the one hand, companies are scrambling to use them as a recruiting and marketing tool, and are encouraging some employees to blog. On the other, they are wondering how to deal with the damage that current and former employees and dissatisfied customers can do on the Web.

The result is a “mild level of social panic,” Rainie said.

“The lawyers and the marketers are, in many cases, at least in covert war with each other.”

Miami Herald: Delta employee fired for blogging sues airline

A former Delta Air Lines flight attendant who says she was fired weeks after she posted photos of herself in uniform on her Internet blog has filed a sexual discrimination lawsuit against the airline.

Ellen Simonetti, whose job was based in Atlanta but lives in Austin, Texas, filed the lawsuit on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, saying that male colleagues with potentially insensitive material on their blogs have gone unpunished.

The case could plow fresh legal ground on whether a company can take action against an employee for operating a blog. Simonetti was featured in a recent People magazine article that mentioned workers who were fired for blog content.

I really don’t have much interest in suing PNNL.  It wasn’t PNNL, per say, that did me wrong.  It was the individuals that used false information, such as claims I used government computers to host personal websites, that are to blame.  In fact, I’ve had two lawyers tell me there were probably felonies committed.  The problem is that it’s difficult to get a prosecutor to take the case and a private attorney typically can’t prosecute for a crime, just take civil action.  I still have lots of things to try and just thought of a new one yesterday.  It’s a rather nasty thing to do and it will hurt the wrong people, as well as Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and their customers, but if they don’t turn over the files on the investigation under the Privacy Act Information Request (their denial is being appealed) I’ll use it.