The Rhode Island Supreme Court recently issued a verdict four to one in favor of a Warwick resident who lost his job after posting a negative opinion of his boss on Facebook. According to the court, the man is eligible to receive unemployment insurance due to the fact that the state could not show that the man's Facebook post was connected to his workplace.
The man was a driver for an area auto supply enterprise. He had worked there for four years, but was let go in March 2013 . Prior to being let go, he let his boss know he disagreed with the company's new policy on accidents and also that he was not reimbursed for overtime he felt he was owed. The man's boss gave him a written warning. The man posted a negative opinion about his boss on Facebook, but had blocked his boss from seeing his Facebook posts. The man's boss then asked another person to show him the post, and subsequently let the man go.