The Bavarian Higher Administrative Court recently addressed the
issue whether a pregnant employee can be dismissed without notice
after having posted a critical statement about a client of the
employer. The plaintiff was employed by a security agency in the
reception area of a phone company. She had a private phone contract
with that company and uttered negatively about this provider via
The Court held that the statement did not
constitute a "special case" which is required by law to
justify a dismissal of pregnant employees. It needs to be taken
into account that the comment referred to the employee's
private contract relationship to the phone company and was still
covered by the right of freedom of expression, since it did not
constitute abusive criticism. Furthermore it needs to be considered
that the comment was posted in a private conversation with
the employee's internet-friends.
The lesson? If a pregnant employee utters negatively about an
important client of the employer via a private social media
account, such statement could only justify a dismissal if it
constitutes abusive criticism.
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