Internet Security Firm Reports Thousands of Disciplined Workers for Online Postings
Internet Security and e-mail security firm, Proofpoint Inc., said incidents of employers disciplining workers for what they post on the Internet are on the rise. In 2008, 13 percent of companies with more than 1,000 workers had taken some form of disciplinary action against workers for Internet postings. This year, the number rose to 21 percent, The Detroit News reported Monday.Nine percent of companies said this year they fired employees for Internet postings, which at times just involve workers venting about their jobs on sites like Facebook or Twitter.In a highly publicized case, two workers at a Conover, N.C., Dominos pizza franchise posted a YouTube video showing them defiling a pizza and threatening to deliver it to customers.One of the former employees, Michael Setzer was given two years of probation in the case. The other, Kristy Hammonds, is awaiting trial and was banned from college, the newspaper said.Both were charged with contaminating food meant for public consumption.Keith Crosley, Proofpoint's director of market development, said the newsworthy cases are "just the tip of the iceberg.""For every case you see in the news ... there are many more investigations and breaches that you never hear about," he said.