Texas Court Orders Glassdoor to Reveal Employee Poster

Texas Court Orders Glassdoor
to Reveal Employee Poster

Employer review site Glassdoor has become a frontline in the battle over anonymous speech and employers seeking recovery for defamatory statements online.  Glassdoor has demonstrated this is something it will fight for.

Andra Group LP

In March, a Texas appellate court allowed a subpoena seeking to unmask an employee who posted that:
  • plaintiff’s “Hiring practices are illegal.”
  • “The company is violating labor laws . . . .”
  • “Harassment based on race and sexual orientation is a daily occurrence from the top down.
  • “[T]he supervisor Jorge is racist and a sexist . . . .”
  • “[T]hey have illegal imm[i]grants working there . . . .”

Glassdoor, Inc., et al. v Andra Group LP, Case No. 05-16-00189-CV (Tex. App. March 24, 2017).

In upholding the order, the court found:

  • the allegations states at least one disparaging statement of objectively verifiable fact; and
  • that while there is a First Amendment right to speak anonymously, “[t]his right must be balanced against the right of others to hold accountable those who engage in speech not protected by the First Amendment.”
The opinion is below.