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California Employment Lawyer, John Bisnar, Reacts to Firing of Meteorologist

Attorney John Bisnar talks about Rhonda Lee, a meteorologist for KTBS Louisiana news station, who was said to be fired after she responded to a comment about her hair left by a viewer on the station's Facebook page.

Rhonda Lee MeteorologistA Louisiana news station fired its meteorologist, Rhonda Lee, after she responded to a viewer's negative comments regarding her short hair. According to a Dec. 12 MSNBC report, the comments came from Emmitt Vascocu, a viewer and commenter, who wrote on the station's Facebook page that he did not approve of Lee's short hair asking if she is a "cancer patient."

Lee, an African American woman, responded to the Vascocu's comments stating that she was sorry he did not like her "ethnic hair" and went on to explain why she keeps her hair short, the MSNBC report states. Managers at KTBS allegedly fired her for violating their policy when it comes to responding to viewers on social media sites and that only managers had the authority to respond to such comments according to the MSNBC report.

A number of companies have social media policies in place, but it is important that all employees are properly informed about these policies, says John Bisnar, founder of the Bisnar | Chase personal injury law firm. "When a company has a social media policy, it is important that they clearly spell it out for employees. Supervisors must go over these policies and procedures with their employees and obtain an acknowledgement such as a signature, which clearly shows that the employee knows about the policy and has understood it."

"With the proliferation of social media websites, both employers and employees must be extremely careful about the statements they make on these sites", Bisnar says. "In my opinion, Rhonda Lee was polite and explained her position on the issue in a very courteous manner despite Vascocu's public negative comments."

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  • “I was in a serious auto accident when I was in law school. I had to hire a personal injury attorney and had a really bad experience.”

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    on what made him want to become a personal injury attorney

  • “I went to law school knowing I wanted to be a personal injury attorney. I wanted my life’s work to have a positive impact on other people’s lives.”

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  • “The first thing we want to do with our clients is to relieve the stress. Make them feel comfortable. Treat them as an honored guest.”

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    on how he would define superior client representation

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  • “You are dealing with people who are seriously injured or have lost a family member...Compassion is understanding someone else’s situation.”

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