Freedom of tweet is back for Dish Network employees.
The National Labor Relations Board ruled recently the company went too far with a social media policy barring workers from making negative comments about the company online on their free time.
The NLRB also chided Dish Network for using too much control of its employees’ interaction with media and government agencies. Previous policies required employees to get management permission before having contact with media and government agencies.
Dish Network, Target and General Motors were given warnings by the NLRB back in May in a memorandum. The memo warned that federal law protects employees’ rights to organize, and also that certain companies’ social media polices were too broad and could “reasonably be construed to chill” their rights.
After a fired employee filed a grievance against Dish Network, who claimed the technician violated safety protocol, the NLRB took a look at the company’s employee handbook. That employee, who did a lot with his union, had pointed to coworkers who he claimed were not following safety procedures.
Robert Ringler, administrative law judge, ordered that the network cease and desist from these practices, change the employee handbooks and give notice about the policy changes.