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Kimberly Hester, a teacher’s aide at Frank Squires Elementary in Cassopolis, Michigan, was fired for not disclosing her Facebook password to her supervisors, reports ZDnet.This began in April 2011 when she posted a photo in jest that may or may not have been in good taste of a coworkers pants around her ankles with the caption “Thinking of you.”
A parent saw the picture and complained to the school district, which began asking her for the password to her Facebook account.
Hester was put on paid administrative leave and eventually suspended, but she opted for unpaid leave and aims to put up a legal fight.
“I stand by it,” she said in a statement. “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.”
This is only the latest development in a series of stories surrounding employers requesting employees’ Facebook passwords.