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Employment lawyers say what you tag, post, like or share could get you fired

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Lawyers say social media post, tags, and likes could get you fired. (FOX Carolina/ April 22, 2016) Lawyers say social media post, tags, and likes could get you fired. (FOX Carolina/ April 22, 2016)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Many people use social media and it doesn't take long for a click, a share, a like or retweet to get someone's attention.

"Once it's on the web, it's out there forever," Brian Murphy said.

Despite Murphy's recent neck surgery, he is back to work at his law office, Stephenson & Murphy in Greenville, and going through several cases. Many of the cases involve social media and employment.

"It's people coming to see us for help or employers calling with, 'this just happened'," Murphy said.

Right now Murphy is set for trial on a case where a gym trainer tagged a picture of his client working out. His client recently hurt her hand at work, but the picture was posted after a doctor put her on work restrictions.

"The employer assumed she had been working out and she hadn't been and fired her," he said.

And in a case Murphy isn't affiliated with, administrators with the City of Simpsonville suspended Police Chief Keith Grounsell for 30 days. They cited policy violations that involved social media and public complaints.

Murphy says depending on what you post and if you're a government or private employee makes a difference.

"For example police and paramilitary type government operations, they can have some tighter restriction than say somebody working at maybe DHEC," he said.

So, if you're tagged in a post, or like a controversial statement, you could find yourself in Murphy's office.

"You always have to be very conscious of what you're posting, what you're associating yourself with," he said.

Murphy says there are laws that also potentially protect employees. For example, if employees are discussing working conditions or wages, the National Labor of Relations Board could consider that concerted activity and employees could be protected.

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