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A picture posted on Facebook and refusal to access said Facebook has led to a legal battle

A Michigan teacher's aide was put on unpaid leave, then suspended after refusing to give her employer access to her Facebook page.

Kimberly Hester, a teacher's aide at Frank Squires Elementary School in Cassopolis, Michigan, was suspended due to a questionable picture on her Facebook page, which she wouldn't allow her employer to see.

In April 2011, Hester posted a picture of a co-worker that showed nothing but a pair of pants around her ankles and a pair of shoes. There is nothing pornographic in the picture, such as genitalia or inappropriate gestures. A parent, who was friends with Hester on Facebook, told the school about the questionable picture.

Days later, Lewis Cass ISD Superintendent Robert Colby pulled Hester aside into his office and confronted her about the picture. Colby reportedly asked Hester for access to her Facebook page three times, where Hester denied this access each time.

According to Hester, the picture was not taken at work. It was on her and the co-worker's own time, out of school.

Still, Hester was put on unpaid leave. She received a letter from the Lewis Cass ISD Special Education Director saying, " the absence of you voluntarily granting Lewis Cass ISD administration access to your Facebook page, we will assume the worst and act accordingly."

The picture in question from Hester's Facebook [Source: wsbt]

While on unpaid leave, Hester collected workman's compensation and was given several directives, which included almost 50 online courses regarding various topics like fire extinguisher safety.

"I stand by it," said Hester. "I did nothing wrong. And I would not, still to this day, let them in my Facebook. And I don't think it's OK for an employer to ask you."

Hester isn't the only one who feels this way. Just last month, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) stepped in when Maryland Department of Corrections Officer Robert Collins complained that his government job had asked for applicants and employees' Facebook usernames and passwords. There also complaints from student-athletes at the University of North Carolina, who were forced to add a coach or administrator to their friends lists on their social networks.

Then, late last month, an Indiana high school student was expelled for posting a tweet on Twitter that contained foul language. The student said he posted it during non-school hours, but the school, which tracks its students' social networks, said he posted it during the school day.

With so many issues regarding Facebook privacy from employers arising, Democratic Congressman Ed Perlmutter introduced an amendment to section H.R. 3309 last week, which would have allowed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to step in if employers were to ask for online social networking information or access. However, the proposed amendment was shot down quickly.

This doesn't appear to be the end, though. Hester was approached by Republican Michigan lawmaker Matt Lori about her situation, asking if her story could be included in a proposed bill that would make it illegal for employers (or potential employers) to ask for social networking usernames/passwords.

Sources: South Bend Tribune , Huffington Post,

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RE: I just can't get my head round this
By EricMartello on 4/3/2012 1:03:51 AM , Rating: -1
The practical choice would be to put the defective kid up for adoption or go to hong kong and sell it. You're basically going to spend a lifetime paying for damaged goods when it's really not that hard to churn out a new one. The worst case scenario is that you deprive DT of yet another comment poster.

As far as healthcare - I do not want to pay for your retarded/defective kids...that should be exclusively your burden. Let nature run its course and stop with the bleeding heart bullsh1t. If it were my kid, I would not subject it to a life of being disabled to satisfy my own "attachment". Put it down, give it up or sell it...but don't think that we need a healthcare system that is footing the bill for people that have little or no chance to ever provide any benefit to society.

RE: I just can't get my head round this
By StormyKnight on 4/3/2012 2:38:30 AM , Rating: 3
You sir, are an incredibly insensitive dick. While I agree with your views on government controlled healthcare, your opinion on this family's child is completely reprehensible. Do us all a favor and deepthroat a cactus.

RE: I just can't get my head round this
By lepa71 on 4/4/2012 10:56:44 AM , Rating: 2
You are just a stupid F$ck. I hope you will never reproduce and just die out. I'm neither R or D, but if you think you will pay less to somebody you are wrong. It's a matter of who is going to get more profit margin. That is all.

By EricMartello on 4/6/2012 3:49:47 PM , Rating: 1
You are a M, as in moron. That is all.

RE: I just can't get my head round this
By sedoo on 4/3/2012 2:38:30 AM , Rating: 3
As far as healthcare - I do not want to pay for your retarded/defective kids

Maybe try reading the post, the poster has insurance and the insurance is not covering her selected disability then went and paid for services themselves. If we are puting down defective\retarded adults, you would be first in line. They want value for services paid, not a free handout moron.

Instead trying and failing miserably at being clever or funny, try educating yourself on disabilities of others. Then perhaps others wouldn't spend a lifetime correcting dumbasses like yourself.

RE: I just can't get my head round this
By Ramtech on 4/3/2012 11:06:03 AM , Rating: 2
Disposing mentally defective children is not novel idea Germans had similar plan in thirties

By edge929 on 4/4/2012 12:19:11 PM , Rating: 2
The Greeks/Spartans had the Germans beat by about 2500 years. Although they mainly "exposed" of babies at birth, I don't think it's too far of a stretch to say they exposed of non-productive members of society at any age. From a moral standpoint it's difficult to fathom but logically it's hard to argue against.

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