‘TikTok’ got him fired from his job for sharing his salary on the site

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A Denver, Colorado woman is set to start her new job on Monday, which was actually her old job after she recently took a better-paying job and then was fired from it.

Why? For posting TikTok videos on his salary.

Last month, Lexi Larson posted on her TikTok account how she got a new job in the tech industry that boosted her income from $70,000 to $90,000. The video received 168,000 views. Over the next two weeks, she posted more videos about how she got that job.

Larson said that soon after her employer discovered her TikTok account, she deleted some videos fearing her bosses would get angry.

In a later video, Larson said she was fired for her posts.

“So TikTok got me fired,” said Larson, who explains in detail that talking about her salary is protected by federal law under the State Labor Relations Act and why she took down some videos.

“…they ended up firing me because they said having this account was a security issue because I could post something private,” Larson said.

Larson, who did not respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment, did not name his former employer and also chose not to sue. But his dismissal raises questions about what you can or cannot say about your work on social media.

Can an employer forbid you to discuss your salary?

No, according to national labor relations law. Employees have the right to communicate with co-workers and others about their pay. It is also illegal for employers to punish, retaliate, threaten or put under surveillance employees for having such discussions.

However, the National Labor Relations Board has stated that “when using electronic communications, such as social media, keep in mind that your employer may have policies against the use of their equipment.”

Dismissal with cause?

It’s unclear whether Larson used the company’s equipment, but “the idea that his actions were a dismissal offense seems pretty harsh,” said Matthew Bergman, a Seattle-based attorney and founder of Social Media Victims Law. Center. “She was only there for two weeks. »

Larson might have a good case if she plans to take legal action, said Bennitta Joseph, a partner at Joseph & Norinsberg, LLC in New York.

“She should consider contacting a lawyer if she can prove she was fired for discussing her salary. said Joseph, who noted that most employees are typically terminated for disciplinary or performance reasons.

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Can I get fired for TikTok and other social media posts?

Bergman and Joseph say employers will likely monitor employees’ social media accounts to make sure employees aren’t involved in any illegal behavior, Joseph said.

“A company has a huge stake in making sure you don’t make discriminatory statements, disclose trade secrets, threaten violence, and engage in illegal behavior,” Joseph said. “If they find out you’re doing any of these things, it could be grounds for dismissal. »

“The higher up you are, the more careful you have to be about what you post,” adds Joseph.

Bergman said many assume what people do or say online, especially when it comes to finances, is safe. But it’s not always the case.

“I think it’s important to take a step back and be careful when disclosing personal information on social media,” Bergman said.

“Whether it’s an employer investigating your activities or a potential scammer out to get your money, I think it’s a dangerous road,” Bergman added.

He has another tip.

“It’s probably best to keep your money stuff offline,” Bergman concluded.

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