MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Middle Tennessee companies are taking a strict stand on inappropriate comments made on social media, and one local restaurant server learned that the hard way.
A server at Cheddar’s in Murfreesboro was fired after sharing a selfie on Snapchat with the n-word in the caption.
It read: “I’m so hungover and I have a section full of [expletive] right now.”
“When you use slander against other demographics, that shows you are not inclusive and that’s not a work environment that you want to create,” said Monica Wentworth, director of Lipscomb University’s Career Center.
Wentworth said in the last five years, social media has been at the forefront of the conversations she has with students.
“We are always a brand. We are always a representative of who we work for, and if you want to represent that company, use good words that represent them,” Wentworth said.
Lee Greer, president of the management group that owns Cheddar’s in Murfreesboro, sent the following statement:
We, ourselves, were shocked and offended after learning one of our servers had posted comments on social media that were hurtful and derogatory. This type of behavior will never be tolerated in our restaurants. The server was immediately suspended and ultimately terminated after our internal investigation.
These sorts of situations are not unique to any profession.
Earlier this month, two Metro police officers were decommissioned because of controversial posts on their Facebook pages.
Wentworth said you should ask yourself some questions before you post.
“One of those that we have always heard is, ‘What would your mother say about this?’ But also, ‘Would you want this to be said in front of your boss?'” Wentworth said.
Wentworth said it’s a good lesson for both recent graduates and older employees because social media is a new concept for the older generation.