It's no secret that some employers decide to hire or not hire a candidate based on their social media activity.
A restaurant in New Zealand might have started a new trend: firing employees on social media.
According to Fairfax NZ News, two young women were fired on Facebook after new owners took over a Wellington fast-food restaurant.
Taryne Cullen, 20, who returned to work at the Pita Pit after being away for a knee operation, found out on Facebook that she’d lost her job.
Cullen contacted her boss after noticing her name wasn't on the roster which was posted on a private Facebook page.
She says she was informed a few days later on Facebook that there was no room for her.
"They just said, 'You don't have a job anymore.’ I felt brushed aside, like I was no one."
Another woman, who did not want to be identified, also found her name was not on the Facebook roster. When she contacted the new owners, she was told she didn't have a job, and to bring in her uniform.
Employment lawyer Susan Hornsby-Geluk told Fairfax that even if an employee signed a casual contract, it could evolve into permanent status if the pattern of work was ongoing and regular.
In such a case, the job could not be terminated without a formal notice period and explanation.
Pita Pit owner Wayne Cui said he was new to running the restaurant and admitted the situation could have been handled better.