Social media has created new issues for everyone in today’s linked-in world: employers, employees, lawyers and courts. We are learning as we go on how to navigate social media websites learning from mistakes (hopefully of others) about what not to do.
This is a good piece of advice about how employers should not use LinkedIn:
Social Media and Employment Law
Be careful about giving glowing reviews and recommendations about employees on LinkedIn. We often get requests to write them, but think carefully before you do. Employers risk having the recommendations used against them in a discrimination or harassment suit. Just like email, notes in personnel files and all other types of documentation and correspondence can be used against an employer in a lawsuit, so can a posting or recommendation on LinkedIn or any other social media website.