HR Strange But True!
December 02, 2009

A woman who's on sick leave for depression says an insurance company cancelled her benefits because photos on her Facebook account showed her cracking a smile while on vacation and at a Chippendales show, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports.

The woman was on leave from IBM for about 18 months when her sick-leave benefits unexpectedly stopped. She called the insurance company to ask for a reason. She says the company told her that her photos on Facebook indicated that she was able to work.

The woman says she was just following doctor's orders: Try to have some fun. So, she went out to local bars and on vacation with her friends. She says she had no idea that the photos from those trips would come back to haunt her. She tells the CBC that while the photos do show her smiling, those moments are just short respites and that her depression has never stopped affecting her life.

The CBC reports that the insurance company said that while it does use information from Facebook during its investigations, it “would not deny or terminate a valid claim solely based on information published on websites such as Facebook."

The woman still has one question: How did the insurance company access her Facebook page since she has it set to private? Obe possible explanation is that one of her “friends” from Facebook, who would have access to her page, sent the photos to the insurer.

Source: CBC

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