Is it lawful to dismiss employees for activity conducted outside the workplace?

Posted in : Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 9 November 2021
Seamus McGranaghan
O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors
Issues covered: Unfair Dismissal; Policies and Procedure; Reputational Damage

So, activities outside the workplace is a topic which has received a lot of attention in the media recently. And I think it used to be kind of indiscretions at the Christmas party were the activity outside the workplace that got people into hot water, but now I think social media has really changed the climate. Public and private is no longer . . . public and private is very blurred. Work life and private life is very blurred due to social media, and what we do and say is now really out there for all to see in a way that it never was even a few years ago.

So we've seen a few high-profile cases. We've got the Maya Forstater case over in England. That was a lady who tweeted her views on the

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Seamus McGranaghan
O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors

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