BELCHATOW POLAND - MAY 02 2013: Modern white keyboard with colored social network buttons.

By A. Edward Hardin, Jr.

Social media use by employees, and employers’ social media policies, continue to appear in the legal headlines.  Much of the recent news coverage has touched on action by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and its assessment of employer social media policies.  However, recent legal action in Pennsylvania does not address the NLRB and its actions, but returns to somewhat traditional litigation.  The Charlotte Observer recently reported on a lawsuit filed by two American Airlines flight attendants who claimed they were subjected to sexual and gender harassment through social media.  The plaintiffs alleged that they reported the conduct to human resources, but that American Airlines failed to take action, and failed to enforce its own social media policy.  Although the allegations include the use of technology as tools of alleged abusive behavior, the underlying employee conduct appears to be typical of the kind of conduct that leads to litigation.  For more on the suit, click here.