The Depressed Woman Who Lost Benefits Over FB Beach Photos
Nathalie Blanchard, a woman from Quebec on long-term sick leave, stopped receiving monthly benefits after posting photos of herself having fun.
According to the New York Daily News, Blanchard was on sick leave from IBM due to a depression diagnosis. Ironically, Manulife Insurance felt their services were no longer necessary after she was being spotted having fun on the beach via Facebook.
This situation is a real Catch-22. This woman was legitimately diagnosed with depression, and was rightfully awarded a paid leave of absence. It should be up to Natalie, and her doctor’s discretion to claim whether or not she is “depressed,” or come to a full recovery.
We feel for this troubled woman, however it is still careless to upload those photos. Know that your place of business may see these photos, and remember why you are on a paid leave of absence.
This act may be somewhat innocent, but we know all too well about how Facebook can lead to turmoil at work.
My distant cousin Joey had just been hired to a new law firm and was very excited about this. Joey wanted to tell everyone and their mother how excited he was, so he pompously posted on FB that he got a new job and is “giving his two weeks notice tomorrow.”
This did not take kindly to work colleagues who ratted him out. The boss reacted by having his desk cleared before his arrival to work, announcing to the firm his stupidity, and had him escorted out of the building by security.
That thoughtless post led to him making a complete ass out of himself, and technically being fired rather than leaving.
Cousin Joey, I wish you look on your future endeavors and I hope you kiss the ground you walk upon everyday where you’re still employed.
Bottom line. Keep FB way separate from the workplace.