Thirteen Virgin Atlantic crew members were fired after insulting the company and its passengers on a Facebook discussion page.
The employees used the social networking site to criticize company safety standards and called passengers “chavs.“
“There is a time and a place for Facebook. But there is no justification for it to be used as a sounding board for staff of any company to criticize the very passengers who ultimately pay their salaries,” a spokesman said.
Smart move on Virgin’s part to justify the firings because of the comments about its passengers and not the employees’ claims about the company.
I’d love to hear what the employees thought would come from their online comments. It’s unclear the exact venue of the discussion on Facebook — group page, wall posts, etc. But does it even matter? Shouldn’t they have known their comments would result in some sort of action by the airline?
Also posted at Midwest by Northwest