In today’s marketplace, online reviews matter, including in the employer-employee context. There are many platforms where current or former employees can post reviews about employers, such as on social media sites like LinkedIn. There are also online review sites dedicated to employer-employee relation, such as Glassdoor.com. What happens when an employer is the subject of negative reviews by disgruntled current or former employees?
A recent decision from the Ontario Court of Appeal (ONCA) adds to the growing body of Canadian case law confirming that tweets certainly can be libelous, though protections exist for comments on matters the court finds to be of public interest, including through anti-SLAPP legislation.
Ontario’s anti-SLAPP legislation seeks to provide an appropriate balance between freedom of expression and the right to be able to defend and protect one’s reputation.