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Arkansas Judge Ousted For Improper Social Media Posts

The Arkansas Supreme Court recently ordered the dismissal of a judge that posted confidential information in online posts, including information regarding actress Charlize Theron’s adoption case. Using the online name “geauxjudge,” Faulkner County Circuit Judge Michael Maggio posted numerous comments on an online forum that were offensive and that oftentimes disclosed confidential details of cases before the court, such as Theron’s adoption in 2012. Maggio admitted to making the posts, as well as to engaging in other improper conduct. He is prohibited from holding any further judicial office in Arkansas.

Another reminder that social media activity, even outside of work hours and under a pseudonym, can significantly impact an individual’s employment.

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Alexander Nestor, Employment litigation Attorney, Allen Matkins Law Firm

Alexander Nestor is a partner in San Francisco and is a member of the Labor and Employment Practice Group. Alex represents employers in litigation proceedings in state and federal court, in arbitration, and before administrative agencies on a broad range of employment issues, including discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, defamation, wage and hour, trade secret misappropriation, and unfair competition claims. He represents employers in individual, multi-party and class action employment litigation.