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UK – Recruiter suspended following unprofessional tweets

14 August 2013

A recruitment consultant has been suspended from her job with a Hemel Hempstead staffing firm after boasting on Twitter that she could get people’s benefits stopped. Kelly-Jane Stone, who works as a senior recruiter for Transline Group, found herself the subject of an angry backlash after her comments were made under the username @DietQueen.

On her Twitter feed she posted: “In my new job, if people from the JC [job centre] don’t turn up for an appointment with me, I stop their benefits for 13 weeks....suckers.”

She later added: “I get so much pleasure knowing what I can do if the [sic] mess me around. I’m going to be shot for it one day I bet!”

Another message over two tweets read: “I had someone who’s been claiming for 10 years and his benefits were stopped because he told me he gets more through the Government than working. Even his housing benefits stopped... bliss.”

In her role, Ms Stone was specifically responsible for sourcing staff for Amazon.

Transline Group is a human resources company specialises in recruiting HGV drivers, industrial, and technician staff. According to their website, Transline is the preferred supplier to many of the UK’s biggest household name retailers and distributers. Annual revenue for 2012 was £70 million, a +30% increase over 2011.

Transline claims on their website to “set the highest international standards others vainly try to follow.”

A spokesman for Transline Group said: “Kelly-Jane Stone has been suspended pending the findings of a full investigation.”

In media comments this morning, the Department for Work and Pensions was at pains to point out that only it has the power to remove the benefits it administers.

Ms Stone has since suspended her Twitter account and LinkedIn profile.

Staffing suppliers without a social media policy will want to consider the reputational impact of allowing their employees to comment on work-related issues. 

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