TWITTER = LITIGATION (Well, not always)


I have blogged about this before.

Deposition for Non-compete breach of contract case (Employer seeking $300,000 in damages from my client)

Q from Attorney: Mr. Smith – when did you leave my client’s company?
A from client: Dec. 12, 2007.
Q from Attorney: Mr. Smith – when did you first decide to start your own business?
A from client: After New Years – Jan. I guess.
Q from Attorney: But Mr. Smith, you wrote on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn that you have always wanted to start your business and began the business in mid-2007, didn’t you?
A from client: I don’t think I said that.

So why do I point this out? Because past employers, future employers and current employers are watching you online.

Here is a great article on a Washington State Employment Blog about Twitter and job applicants.
The advice is don’t write anything you wouldn’t hand over to the manager on your first interview. I agree – but don’t write anything you wouldn’t want a jury to see in a breach of contract case, or an employer to see when you are quitting and worried you may be in breach.

If it is in writing – it isn’t going anywhere.. so please be aware, and be careful.

Lauren Ellerman
Lauren Ellerman

In 2011, Lauren Ellerman was named "Young Lawyer of the Year" by the Roanoke Bar Association for her work in the community. To speak with Lauren about your personal injury case, contact her at