Retail employees, take note: Lacoste salesman, Wade Groom, who became the brand's top salesman (in the entire country) after three short months of working, just got fired. Last Wednesday, Groom, who worked at the brand's NYC flagship, got the boot after posting a photo of his paycheck on his personal Instagram account. According to Groom: "I was happy with my job, [the photo] had nothing to do with how much money I was making." The self-proclaimed artist and a musician (and father of two) was approached by the brand's HR manager, who informed him that the image infringes the confidentiality agreement that Groom signed with Lacoste. He told AOL Jobs: "I guess I signed a confidentiality agreement with something about social media, but who reads those? I had to sign to get the job."
The message that accompanied the picture read: "Paycheck. Still silly to me. Ever since I was a kid I've thought it was completely insane that we have to work all our lives. I still feel that way. Especially when it's only enough to live in a third world apartment with s****y everything. Which for some reason in NYC is ok. Anywhere else only trailer trash live this way. I'm done with it."
Because Groom did, in fact, sign an agreement to keep certain aspects of his employment confidential, it doesn't seem that Lacoste is acting erroneously. While discussing pay is part of the legally-protected activity of discussing working conditions with colleagues (as long as you're not a supervisor), in accordance with the National Labor Relations Act, Groom isn't protected here.