The DVLA has fired a member of staff for using Facebook on their phone while they were at work, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The Courrier report:

A DVLA worker has been fired after he was caught using Facebook on his own phone, official data shows.

Managers took action after it emerged the employee accessed the social networking site during office hours last year.

The agency has previously laid off three members of staff for making “inappropriate comments” about the DVLA, a colleague or customers, but this appears to be the first time it has taken such action against an employee who used Facebook without any suggestion that his behaviour could discredit the agency.

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