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I GOT SACK AFTER CALLING JOB BORING ON FACEBOOK; Boss checked web page.

Byline: BY AIDAN McGURRAN

A TEENAGE office worker was fired after bosses found her moaning about her job being boring on her Facebook page.

Kimberley Swann, 16, was hauled before her manager and handed a letter saying she was sacked before being marched out of the office.

It said: "Following your comments on Facebook about the company we feel it is better that, as you are not happy, we end your employment."

Kimberley, who had been working at Ivell Marketing & Logistics for three weeks, said she updated her page on the social networking site to: "Kimberley Swann thinks her job is boring".

She said: "I thought it was boring, as I'd just started. They saw it three weeks later, which meant they would have had to scroll through.

The manager said 'I've seen your Facebook comments and don't want my company in the news'.

"It is pathetic to go online and look at other people's business. I didn't even put the company name.

I was an office administrator so of course it was boring at first. I knew it'd get interesting. I was happy."

Kimberley, from Clacton, Essex, cannot sue for unfair dismissal after being in the job less than a month.

Stephen Ivell of Ivell Marketing, in Clacton, said: "Miss Swann made comments about her job and the company on Facebook then invited other staff to read her comments.

"We were looking for a long-term relationship with Miss Swann but her disrespect made it untenable."

TUC boss Brendan Barber criticised the "snooping". He said: "Most employers wouldn't dream of following staff to the pub to see if they were sounding off. They need to grow thicker skins."
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Date:Feb 27, 2009
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