Barrett Tryon placed on leave in social media policy dispute

The Colorado Gazette reporter was told to remove a link on his Facebook wall to a news article about the parent company’s sale. He refused, saying it was relevant news, factual and did not express a personal opinion.

Tryon had a meeting scheduled today on the matter and thought he might even get fired. Now he tweets that he’s been placed on “administrative leave” pending an investigation.

He tells the Colorado Springs Independent that he was placed on leave after he said he planned to bring his lawyer to an HR meeting.

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  • http://twitter.com/TJRuns Todd Jennings

    We all know that corporations are stupid and inhuman (and often inhumane), but what most people don’t seem to understand is that if you work for a private corporation you aren’t protected by the first amendment.  Unless you have an individual employment contract or re part of a union, you are an ‘at will’ employee.  This means that either you or your employer can terminate the relationship at will, and for no specific reason. 
    Barrett, I fully respect you and your desire to stand up for what’s right.  But if you want freedom from social media restrictions, I suggest working as a freelancer rather than for The Man.