company equipment and / or working on company paid time. Since when does anyone have a right to use company time to go to web sites that have nothing to do with their work or the company to make adverse comments about the company.
The company had allowed access as an extra benefit to staff. All this does is now force the company to remove that access and benefit because one person decided to be a rectum about it.
There is nothing that requires the company to give you Internet access for personal use. Since they now aren't allowed to set in place policies to see such use is not abused on company time, then they now need to stop providing this extra access to protect themselves against future law suits.
Back in the mid 1990s there were a couple of serious court cases where staff used corporate emails to make comments about other companies in what they thought were private discussion. They were not senior staff who set policy, but the courts still found the companies liable for the abusive comments because they were on the corporate equipment. Thus it's clear a company should NOT be allowing anyone to use their equipment to make negative comments about anyone. Now we have the US NLRB saying policies limiting their free speech aren't allowed. Simple answer, as I said before, don't allow ANY corporate equipment to be used for non work activities - no other policy is then needed.
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