I was let go of my job becasue I called my boss greedy on facebook. No names were used... IS this Wrongful termination.
No. If the employer is not a government agency, then the employer may legally fire you for any reason (or no reason at all) except for a few reasons prohibited by law. The prohibited reasons include firing you because:
- of your race, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic test information under federal law (some states/localities add a few more categories like sexual orientation);
- you make certain kinds of reports about the employer to the government (known as whistle-blower protection laws);
- you participate in union organizing activities;
- you use a right or benefit the law guarantees you (e.g. using leave under FMLA);
- you filed a bankruptcy petition;
- your pay was garnished by a single creditor or by the IRS; and
- you took time off work to attend jury duty (in most states).
Some states provide additional protection. For example, some states protect you from being fired because of sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, height, weight, or appearance. But neither federal law nor any state law protects you from being fired because you bad mouthed your boss -- whether names are used or not.
One of the facts of life in the 21st century is that things you put up on the internet, including social media sites like Facebook, My Space, Twitter, etc., can come back to bite you, even if you thought only a few people could see it. And once you put it on the internet, its very hard to erase it. So you need to think carefully about what you put up. That's why I tell folks not to put anything on the internet that they wouldn't mind the whole world seeing. If you'd be embarrassed if ANYONE sees it, or if it might potentially cause you trouble if ANYONE saw it, it's best left off the internet.
Complain about your boss with a friend over a beer at the bar, not on your Facebook page. You could still be fired if someone found out about the griping over the beer, but at least that's less likely to find its way back to your boss than something you put up on the internet.