Employers have been cracking down on Facebook since it went mainstream in 2007, but one company has extended the surveillance beyond the office. Reuters reports that a Swiss insurance worker lost her job after surfing Facebook while off sick, her employer said on Friday.
The unnamed woman said she had to be away from her monitor lying in the dark, but was then seen to be active on Facebook. Insurance company Nationale Suisse said in a statement this behaviour had destroyed its trust in the employee.
"This abuse of trust, rather than the activity on Facebook, led to the ending of the work contract," a spokesman for the firm said.
The woman admitted to having used Facebook on her iPhone -- in bed -- but accused the insurance company of spying on her by sending a mysterious friend request that enabled the company to see her activities. The company denied the accusation and said a colleague stumbled over her activity, before Nationale Suisse banned use of the popular site in the company.
But she said she's not suing the company and that she's happy to have received a neutral termination letter and doesn't want to go back. "My trust for this employer is gone," the 31-year-old woman told Swiss daily newspaper 20 Minuten.
"Facebook is dead for me," she added.