Social media may be a dangerous place for the people who cannot hold their tongues; especially for the employees go beyond the acceptablelevel of criticism about their workplace and employer.
A publicly shared snide comment or a nasty remark about your employer, even intended to be a joke, can cost your job.
What the Labor Law Says?
Pursuant to Turkish Labor Law 4857, Article 25; the employer may terminate the employment contract, whether for a definite or indefinite period, before its expiry or without having to comply with the prescribed notice periods, for immoral, dishonorable or malicious conduct or other similar behavior of employee. For example “if the employee is guilty of any speech or action constituting an offence against the honor or dignity of the employer or a member of his family, or levels groundless accusations against the employer in matters affecting the latter’s honor or dignity.”
This right to terminate with just cause must be applied within 6 days (excl. investigation period) as of the date of learning the incident.
Supreme Court decision
Incident: An employee shared the following remarks in the social media:
“If the employees who cannot combine two words in a sentence become manager, then the moron who cannot answer a simple formal letter becomes a chief …”
Decision: Turkish Supreme Court 9. Civil Chamber, in its ruling, found this publicly shared remark as an offence and decided that employer have the right to terminate the employment contract with just cause.
So, please watch what you said in social media!