Nationale Suisse Fires Employee For Surfing Facebook On Day Off

Posted Apr 27, 2009

Swiss insurance company Nationale Suisse has fired an employee for surfing on Facebook while she was taking a sick day.  The woman said that she could not come to work because she had to lie in the dark rather than sitting in front of a computer.  Nationale Suisse reported that they lost trust in the employee.

“This abuse of trust, rather than the activity on Facebook, led to the ending of the work contract,” wrote the company in a statement.  The woman said she was surfing Facebook from her iPhone and wrote that her employer was spying on her and several other employees.  They were able to do so through a mysterious friend request which gives access to employee activities.  Nationale Suisse denied the spying accusation and said that they obtained the information from one of the woman’s colleagues.

This is the second time I’ve heard of an employee getting fired because of their use of Facebook.  Anglo Irish Bank fired intern Kevin Colvin for taking a “family emergency” day off to dress like a fairy at a Halloween party.