Ex-employee given five days to update the information on his LinkedIn profile

Following two years of requests from the previous employer, and demands from the company lawyer, Mr. van der Schyff refused to update the information on his LinkedIn profile. Although he had resigned three years previously, the profile still stated that he was an employee at Daine Crous auctioneers.

A South African High Court ordered the ex-employee to correct his employment information on his LinkedIn profile. The company argued that it did not wish to be associated with the former employee and the misrepresentation could cause serious damage to the company’s image. It was the latter argument that was successfully argued, leaving Mr. van der Schyff with five days to correct the information. It has also been reported that the company reserved the right to claim any damages that resulted from the company being linked with the former employee.

Although the case was in the South African High Court, there may be repercussions closer to home. This comes down to the fact that when a user creates a LinkedIn profile there are terms and conditions that must be agreed to. All information must be truthful, the user is under an obligation not to act dishonestly or unprofessional, or misrepresent current or previous positions or qualifications.

If you have a complaint regarding a LinkedIn profile, LinkedIn can handle the complaint for you, and it is verified they may even remove or disable the information or account.

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