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Talks May Settle Facebook Firing Without Hearing

A hearing in a case involving a Connecticut woman fired from her job after she made disparaging remarks about her boss on Facebook has been delayed while the two sides discuss a possible settlement.

Administrative law judge Steven Davis in Hartford says the hearing will take place as scheduled Tuesday afternoon if an agreement is not reached.

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 last 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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