By The Editor
A human resources assistant at a major English bank was sacked from her job after criticising the discrepancy between her salary and that of the bank’s CEO in a Facebook post.
Last week it was revealed in the UK press that new Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) CEO Antonio Horta-Osorio was being paid up to £13.3 million (about $A21 million) a year by the bank, which the UK Government took 40 per cent ownership of during the peak of the global financial crisis.
The news provoked much discussion in the UK about the amount being paid to Mr Horta-Osorio, and prompted Stephanie Bon, a short-term employee at the bank’s Colchester branch, to post on her Facebook page:
LBG’s new CEO gets £4,000 an hour. I get £7. That’s fair.
“I was at my friend’s having coffee and it was on the news. I went on Facebook and within a couple of hours something else came up so I changed my status,” Ms Bon told the Daily Mail.
The next day at work, Ms Bon was summoned to a meeting and told her services were no longer required.
“My team leader asked me why I was writing things like that,” she said. “Then my manager came in and said she was disappointed in me.
“She said I was putting the company down. But I did not write anything that was controversial.”
As we’ve seen before though, Facebook posts about work can lead to disciplinary action at the workplace and could be construed as a breach of an employment relationship.
Happily in Ms Bon’s case, she was quickly able to pick up another job as an administrator soon after being sacked by Lloyds.
“If I have got an opinion, I write it because I don’t expect my friends to grass me up,” she said.
Do you think what Stephanie Bon wrote on her Facebook page justifies her dismissal?