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On Behalf of | Feb 7, 2024 | Workplace Discrimination |

When navigating a workplace discrimination claim, the way you conduct yourself inside and outside of work can have a profound impact on the outcome of your case. One “everyday” concern that is often overlooked in this regard is the use of social media during this sensitive period.

It’s strongly advisable for workers to stay off social media while their workplace discrimination claim is being resolved, for several compelling reasons. While it can be difficult to take a break from these communication platforms, in the end, it is far better to be safe than sorry.

What’s the big deal?

Posts on social media are subject to interpretation. What might seem like an innocent post or comment can be taken out of context and used against you in your discrimination claim. For instance, a photo or post indicating a positive moment or a celebration could be misconstrued as a sign that you are not suffering from the emotional distress typically associated with discrimination cases.

Also, comments or discussions about your case on social media can compromise its integrity. Disclosing details about your claim, your legal strategy or communications with your lawyer can weaken your position and give the opposing side an advantage. It’s, therefore, important to keep details of the case confidential and only discuss them in the appropriate legal settings.

Additionally, you’ll want to keep in mind that because workplace discrimination cases can be emotionally charged, engaging on social media during this time can lead to impulsive reactions or comments driven by the stress or frustration of the situation. Such actions can result in unintended negative consequences.

As you move forward, keep in mind that regardless of your privacy settings, social media platforms are public spaces, and anything shared can become accessible to your employers and their legal counsel. Even with strict privacy settings, there’s always a risk of information being leaked or shared. Staying off social media can help to ensure that you’re not unintentionally providing information that could be used to undermine your claim.


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