The tweet that cost $105,000 Posted on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 at 5:30 am. PT Written by Dave Mark This is one lesson I’m passing along to my kids. Goes right up there with our discussions on piracy. http://www.mcelhearn.com/ Kirk McElhearn I don’t know if it would be punishable in the US, with the free speech laws that exist, but it could certainly lead to expulsion, or firing, if the tweet was about a work colleague. Kip Beatty Since they didn’t report on any of the content of the tweets, it’s almost impossible to say how, or if, it would be applicable here. The main issue seems to be that she left her job as a result of what he said, and that’s why she was awarded damages. Since people vary greatly in their sensitivities, it’s hard to guess what kinds of comments might have caused her to leave.