UK: Bank worker mentions boss’s salary on Facebook, fired

She compared her 7 pounds/hr wage to her boss` 4000 pounds/hour salary on FB.

Updated: Apr 06, 2011, 18:48 PM IST

London: A worker for Lloyds Banking Group in Britain was fired from her job for comparing her 7-pounds-an-hour wage to her boss` 4,000-pounds-an-hour salary on her Facebook page.

Stephanie Bon, 37, from Colchester, Essex, was working as an HR assistant for Lloyds when she heard about her new chief executive`s mammoth salary.

"LBG`s new CEO gets 4,000 pounds an hour. I get 7 pounds. That``s fair," the Daily Mail quoted Bon as writing on Facebook.

But after her bosses heard about the comment she was marched from the offices and fired.

"I can’t believe I have been treated so appallingly for what essentially amounts to a chat with my mates outside work," Bon said.

"I was at my friend``s having coffee and it was on the news. I went on Facebook and within a couple of hours something else came up so I changed my status," she said.

Bon was working in the Colchester branch of Halifax - part of the publicly owned banking giant - when she made the on-line comments.

"I went to lunch and when I came back, one of my friends there was saying, ``They``re talking about you with Facebook last night``," she revealed.

She argued that she had not revealed anything confidential but her bosses were in no mood for forgiveness.

"My team leader asked me why I was writing things like that. Then my manager came in and said she was disappointed in me," she said.

"She said I was putting the company down. But I did not write anything that was controversial.

"It was hard losing my job. Luckily I had my friends and family that were there to help me out.

"If I have got an opinion, I write it because I don``t expect my friends to grass me up," she stated.

But a Lloyds TSB spokesman said that her being fired had nothing to do with what she had posted on Facebook.

"Stephanie Bon``s departure had absolutely nothing to do with Facebook. Stephanie was employed via an agency on a short-term 7-day rolling contract," he said.

"The work she had been brought in to do was coming to an end and so she was given her notice. It was only after the notice was served that the comments she made on Facebook then came to light," he added.

Last week it was revealed that the taxpayer-owned bank offered Antonio Horta-Osorio as much as 13.5 million pounds in salary, bonuses and other benefits this year to poach him from Spanish bank Santander.

The Portuguese banker will also benefit from nearly 900,000 pounds-a-year in pension contributions, to make up for his departure from Santander’s generous final salary scheme.

The payouts caused dismay among taxpayers, who own 41 percent of Lloyds after government bailouts rescued it from oblivion during the 2008 financial crisis.