The Golden Rule When it Comes to Forwarding Emails at Work

By Eric B. Meyer

“An employee who emails pictures of Trayvon Martin‘s head cropped onto the body of a dead police officer is a thought-leading change agent.”

— Absolutely nobody in HR

No, he gets fired.

According to this story from Chris Biele at FOX40 News in Sacramento, California, an employee in the state’s Employment Development Department forwarded that picture with the message, “Would it make people feel any different if this face was on a dead pig?” And of course, the picture made it onto Facebook.

Just terrible.

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Here’s my simple golden rule on forwarding emails at work:

If you would feel at all uncomfortable about having to explain from the witness stand to a federal judge or jury why you forwarded that email, it’s best not to hit send.”

This was originally published on Eric B. Meyer’s blog, The Employer Handbook.

You know that scientist in the action movie who has all the right answers if only the government would just pay attention? Eric B. Meyer, Esq. gets companies HR-compliant before the action sequence. Serving clients nationwide, Eric is a Partner at FisherBroyles, LLP, which is the largest full-service, cloud-based law firm in the world, with approximately 210 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Eric is also a volunteer EEOC mediator, a paid private mediator, and publisher of The Employer Handbook (www.TheEmployerHandbook.com), which is pretty much the best employment law blog ever. That, and he's been quoted in the British tabloids. #Bucketlist.

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