Houston woman fired over Ferguson facebook post

Courtesy KHOU

HOUSTON -- As racial tensions continue to flare up in Ferguson, back home in Houston one woman's Facebook post about the controversy landed her in the unemployment line.

She wrote, "The police need to just start mowing them down with machine guns, purge them," on her personal Facebook page.

"Very racist," said one man, who didn't want to be identified. "I was highly offended."

This man saw the woman's post online, and he looked into it further. He learned the woman, KHOU is choosing not to name her, worked at Memorial Hermann Southeast.

"It shouldn't be tolerated when you're a professional," said the man. "A hospital is a place where you're supposed to have compassion upon people of all races."

That controversial post on Facebook was never truly private. Nothing on Facebook really is. Within hours, it had been shared multiple times, and it wasn't long before Memorial Hermann found out about it too. They took swift action.

"People were pretty upset about it," said the man.

The woman was laid off. The hospital responded via Twitter tweeting, "a non nurse employee posted an offensive comment. MH absolutely disagrees with that post. We have a 107 year history of serving everyone. The individual is no longer an employee of Memorial Hermann."

"Even freedom of speech has its consequences," said the man.

It's something people in the workplace tend to forget. KHOU legal analyst Gerald Treece says what you tweet, Facebook or say can come at a cost in the workplace.

"People have the right of free speech, but employers can fire you for whatever they want in the state of Texas," said Treece.

The woman's post has since been taken down, but the damage already done. Experts best advice: think twice before you hit 'enter.'


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