Collecting Unemployment

Collecting Unemployment, Heather
Hamilton, Dooce.com
When Heather Hamilton, a Los Angeles-based Web designer, complained
about her employer on her personal Web site, she had no idea it
could cost her her job. After all, she never mentioned the names of
employees or the place where she works on her Web site, Dooce.com.
But in a tiny conference room on February 26, her boss told her
that she was fired because management didn’t like what she had
written. Hamilton says she’s not bitter about the incident and that
she understood the risks that certain key members of the company
might discover the Web site, Dooce.com. But
her firing raises important questions about the division between
one’s personal and professional life, especially since Weblogs – a
sort of real-time diary – have become a more popular form of
expression.
–Kate Garsombke
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