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Lineberry v. Detroit Medical Center et al., No. 11-13752 (E.D. Mich. Feb. 5, 2013)

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Facebook postings showing misuse of FMLA leave can form sufficient legal basis for termination.

Ogletree Deakins • March 18, 2013
Based on the number of “Facebook” decisions from the National Labor Relations Board over the past two years, most employers understand that when employee Facebook postings constitute “protected activity” under the National Labor Relations Act, the postings can be legally protected. However, the FLSA is not the only federal law that can be implicated in Facebook-related firings. A federal district court in Michigan recently held that a hospital that fired an employee while she was on medical leave did not violate the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), because the employee had posted - on her Facebook page - photos and text about vacation activities that were inconsistent with her medical restrictions, and then lied about those activities. Lineberry v. Richards, E.D.Mich., No. 2:11-13752, February 5, 2011.