Co-operation with negative weblog husband reason for dismissal
The Central Board of Appeal has ruled that a school was allowed to fire a teacher because the teacher did not distance herself from a webblog, where her husband published negative and misleading stories about the school. The Central Board of Appeal, the highest court in the Netherlands in the field of social administrative law, civil law and parts of the pension law, agrees with the District Court that a school was allowed to fire a teacher because of an irreparably damaged relationship between the teacher and her colleagues and between her and the board.
That irreparably damaged relationship arose because the teacher gave information about her colleagues and the school to her husband. Her husband, who was also a teacher at the same school, published these stories in a blog "Around the coffee room”. In this blog colleagues and the school were described recognizable, negative and with a twisted misrepresentation of facts. The blog reflects a disloyalty towards the school, in the opinion of the Central Board of Appeal, it harms the reputation of the school and creates an unsafe atmosphere.
Although the spouse of the teacher published the blog and he did not want to remove the blog, she should have distanced herself from the contents of that blog, now that colleagues and the school objected to the blog. By not distancing herself, she has contributed to the creation of an irreparably damaged relationship.
Central Board of Appeal, 7 June 2012