Organizational Communication in the News

Case Studies of Organizations and Organizational Communication in the Media

Even if It Enrages Your Boss, Social Net Speech Is Protected

As Facebook and Twitter become as central to workplace conversation as the company cafeteria, federal regulators are ordering employers to scale back policies that limit what workers can say online… … Continue reading

January 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Go Ahead, Complain About Your Job on Facebook

Just before Christmas, the National Labor Relations Board sided with employees on a question facing a growing number of workers: When can your Facebook posts get you fired? The NLRB’s … Continue reading

January 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

‘Irresistible’ worker fired in Iowa: ‘I don’t think it’s fair’

Melissa Nelson, a worker fired for being “irresistible” to her boss, spoke out Saturday about a high court decision that said her termination broke no discrimination law… Nelson spoke one day … Continue reading

December 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Obamacare Layoffs: Georgia Businessman Claims He Fired Workers Because Obama Won

A man claiming to be a Georgia small business owner said he fired some employees and cut hours for others because of President Barack Obama’s reelection. The man identified himself as … Continue reading

November 8, 2012 · Leave a comment

Here’s a Memo From the Boss: Vote This Way

Several major companies, including Georgia-Pacific and Cintas, have sent letters or information packets to their employees suggesting — and sometimes explicitly recommending — how they should vote this fall. In … Continue reading

October 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Can Your Boss Threaten to Fire You if You Don’t Vote for Romney?

Last week, timeshare mogul and garish home-owner David Siegel was caught sending an email — largely cribbed from a debunked hoax — darkly suggesting that his employees vote for Mitt Romney because a victory … Continue reading

October 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

BYOD Privacy: Are You Being Watched?

Is your employer (a.k.a. Big Brother) tracking your every move through your “Bring Your Own Device” smartphone? Mobile technology makes it possible, and four out of five people believe this … Continue reading

October 1, 2012 · Leave a comment

‘Pink slime’ report sparks $1.2 billion lawsuit against ABC News

Beef Products Inc. has filed a defamation lawsuit against ABC News for its coverage of a meat product that critics dubbed “pink slime,” alleging the network misled consumers to believe … Continue reading

September 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

BP executives sought to blame “blue collar rig workers”: U.S.

BP executives wanted to concentrate blame for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster on “blue collar rig workers” in order to save themselves, U.S. government lawyers wrote in a court … Continue reading

September 6, 2012 · Leave a comment


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