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‘TikTok got me fired.’ Her job in the tech industry was short-lived after the company found her videos discussing salary

Lexi Larson

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  • Lexi Larson deleted videos from her TikTok account to avoid angering her bosses.
  • She was fired just two days after superiors discussed the content of her videos with her.
  • The job was a $20,000 raise from her previous salary, according to Larson.

A woman in Denver took to TikTok to share her $20,000 pay increase at a new job working for a tech company — but she was eventually fired after the company found her videos.

In June, Lexi Larson shared a TikTok video about her salary rising from $70,000 at a marketing agency, to $90,000 after landing a job in the tech industry. Her content on the platform leading up to and following the video covered her spending habits in Denver and how she got the new job.

But after Larson’s company found her TikTok account, she began deleting videos to avoid angering her bosses. She was aware that her right to discuss her salary was federally protected by the National Labor Relations Act, but still decided to take them down, USA Today reports.

Eventually, her supervisor discussed the TikTok account with her.

The company “really, really did not like” her videos sharing her salary, Larson said in a video. When she asked the company if she’d posted any videos that violated security measures, superiors told her “no”, but they weren’t willing to “take that risk.”

“TikTok cost me my job,” Larson said in the same video, announcing her termination which came about two weeks after she was hired. “Two days later, after they talked to me about my TikTok account, they did end up firing me because they said me having this account was a security concern.”   

@itslexilarson I got fired bc of my tiktok 🙂 #igotfired #techtok ♬ original sound – Lexi Larson

USA Today spoke to expert Bennitta Joseph, a partner at the law firm Joseph & Norinsberg LLC, about employers monitoring social media.

“A company has a huge interest to make sure you are not engaging in discriminatory statements, disclosing trade secrets, threats of violence, and unlawful conduct,” Joseph told USA Today. “If they do find out that you are doing any of these, it could be grounds for termination.”

Larson concluded her termination announcement video by letting her now 33,000 followers know that she’d gone back to her old job as an account manager after calling her former manager in tears over the firing.

That video has amassed over 1 million views.

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