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Feds Rule Facebook Comments Are Protected Speech

RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

NPR's business news starts with slamming the boss on Facebook.

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MONTAGNE: A woman who blasted her supervisor on Facebook was unfairly fired. That's the decision of the National Labor Relations Board. The woman was an emergency medical technician in Connecticut. Her boss told her a customer complained about her work, so she complained about her boss, rudely, on her Facebook page from her home computer. The Labor Relations Board said her comments were protected speech under federal labor law.

The Board sued the ambulance company and as part of a settlement reached yesterday the ambulance company agreed to change its policy. Workers are no longer barred from posting negative comments about the company online. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.