Facebook ‘unfriending’ can constitute workplace bullying, Australian tribunal finds

A woman in Australia who unfriended a colleague on Facebook after a dispute at work was found by a tribunal to have committed workplace bullying.

The Fair Work Commission, a workplace tribunal, said the decision by Lisa Bird, a real estate agent sales administrator, to unfriend her colleague Rachel Roberts showed a “lack of emotional maturity” and was “indicative of unreasonable behaviour.”

The incident occurred after Ms Roberts, a property agent, complained to the agency principal that her properties were not being adequately displayed in the store window.

  • Brett_McS

    The headline is completely contradicted at the end of the article:

    “The Fair Work Commission didn’t find that unfriending someone on Facebook constitutes workplace bullying,” Josh Bornstein, a lawyer at the firm Maurice Blackburn, told ABC News.”

    Hard to get good sub-editors these days.

  • Millie_Woods

    I mediated/refereed a Facebook conflict between two employees at work. What a needless expenditure of time and energy! Now I always ask job applicants if they’re active on Facebook and if they answer ‘yes’, I regard that as a negative. I consider heavy Facebook use to be more indicative of a prospective employee’s ability or inability to fit in than if they’re sensible drinkers and smokers.

  • Waffle

    OMG!! How old are these girls –6??