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‘Unfriending’ a colleague on Facebook now considered bullying


In you ‘unfriend’ a colleague on Facebook, it could be considered as bullying, unreasonable and emotionally immature, according to Fair Work Commission, Australia.  The policy was used to decide a case involving Lisa Bird and Rachael Roberts, both workers at a real estate agency in Tasmania who extended their office argument to bullying on Facebook. The argument started on who should take responsibility for a lost sale within the agency which involved both workers. According to Australian newspaper report, Mrs. Lisa Bird initially stopped greeting Ms. Roberts, and thereafter unfriended her on Facebook.

In response to the issue, the Fair Work Commission, led by Nicole Wells, ruled Mrs. Bird’s behavior as unreasonable and posed  a lack of emotional maturity which is not healthy and safe for a working environment.

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