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Executive `forced out of job` over LinkedIn CV

06 January 2012 #Employment

John Flexman, an HR executive for BG Group has found himself at the centre of a controversial tribunal case. He resigned in June after angering his employers by putting his CV online and avertising that he was interested in other "career opportunities" through his LinkedIn profile.

This is thought to be the first case for constructive dismissal after a dispute with bosses over a profile on the professional networking site LinkedIn.

Mr Flexman`s manager contacted him while he was on holiday ordering that he  remove his CV from the social networking site because a complaint had been made about his profile.

 When he returned from his holiday, Mr Flexman was called to a disciplinary hearing accused of "inappropriate use of social media".

BG Group say Mr Flexman breached their new company policy on conflicts of interest which it said banned employees selecting the "career opportunities" box. The firm also alleges that his CV contained confidential company information.

However Mr Flexman argues that the details he posted were in BG Group`s annual report and that 21 of his colleagues, who did not face disciplinary action, had also selected the "career opportunities" box on LinkedIn. He said "It seemed to me that the focus of the charge sheet was the posting of my CV online".

LinkedIn has more than 8 million British members and a study in 2007 found around 50% of members say they are interested in career opportunites. This case raises questions on employee use of websites like LinkedIn. BG Group are defending their position.

The hearing continues.


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