Can ‘Unfriending’ Work Colleagues on Facebook Be Considered Bullying?

In a recent Fair Work Commission decision, the act of ‘unfriending’ a work colleague on Facebook was held to have contributed to a finding of bullying in the workplace. This case highlights the importance of implementing comprehensive anti-bullying and social media policies that address appropriate employee conduct on social media in order to reduce the risk of exposure to bullying claims for employers. The facts:

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