Lexi Larson, a woman in Denver, used TikTok to brag about her $20,000 pay increase. She was proud to share the details about her job in a tech company, unaware of the fact that the content would soon leave her jobless.
In a TikTok video she posted in June, Larson claimed that her pay at a marketing business had increased from $70,000 to $90,000. Her posts on the platform described how she got a new position and her spending habits in Denver.
Larson claims that after her company discovered her TikTok account, she began erasing videos in an effort to avoid the consequences. Despite knowing that the National Labor Relations Act provided federal protection for her freedom to discuss her salary, she nonetheless chose to remove the posts.
Finally, the woman had to face her boss. The supervisors “really, really did not like” the TikTok videos regarding the salary, Larson revealed in a video. She asked the company if her posts violated any of the security measures. Superiors said “no” but still chose not to “take that risk.”
“TikTok cost me my job,” Larson explained in the video. “Two days later, after they talked to me about my TikTok account, they did end up firing me because they said me having this account was a security concern.”
A partner at the law firm Joseph & Norinsberg LLC, Bennitta Joseph, spoke about how some employers are keeping an eye on social media.
“A company has a huge interest to make sure you are not engaging in discriminatory statements, disclosing trade secrets, threats of violence, and unlawful conduct,” Joseph explained. “If they do find out that you are doing any of these, it could be grounds for termination.”
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Larson ended her video by informing her followers that she had returned to her old work as an account manager.
One million people saw this video.
This is not the first time that a person has lost a job due to posts on a social media platform. However, the event revealed by the related news is far more complicated:
After her employer found out about her OnlyFans account, an elementary school teacher, Sarah Seales, was let go. However, she is grateful for the support of her followers and the “empowering” nature of the platform. Bosses at Starbase fired 40-year-old Sarah Seales in June after the educational institution said her immoral web profile was “putting its reputation at risk.”
Starbase, the program that the Department of Defense runs, collaborates with school districts to provide STEM education in fifth grade. Before she was fired, Seales worked at a Starbase in Indiana, South Bend. The lady is a single mom who decided to create an account on the widely popular platform OnlyFans. She used the opportunity to share nude photos with her subscribers.
The woman was exposed by a reporter who wrote an article and published it online, saying: “Local teacher has p-rn site on the side, has kids call her by nickname she uses on p-rn site.” Seales disclosed that “Buttercup1981” was her OnlyFans username. She actually used the nickname while she was working at Starbase.
Photo: itslexilarson on TikTok