Can a buisness ban a person for making a one word comment to a posting on social media of an employee whom that person is in a relationship

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Can a buisness ban a person for making a one word comment to a posting on social media of an employee whom that person is in a relationship

My girlfriend, who has worked going on three years at the piolet travel center, in a management position, posted a picture that I took as insulting to myself to which I posted the word cunt in the comments section. As a result of that single word posting I was summarily permanantly banned from both the store and property. For the entire course of her employment there I can count on 2 hands the number of times i have been inside her workplace, and on one hand the number of those times I have gone in and specigically asked to see her. My belief of that being someplace for her to be away from myself and our daughter. Kind of a place of her own. My contention is if I was willing to post that on social media doesn’t it stand to reason that it wasn’t the first time I had called her that and for another thing we had fights through her employment and that word had been used, yet I still showed respect to her workplace enviornment which is what their claim is. They feel that if I would post that to social media I could come in and cause a disturbance. As far as I know there are no signs posted reserving the right to refuse service. Do I have a potential lawsuit here or not is my question?

Asked on March 20, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Oregon

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

As a general rule, people who own property have the right to manage and control it as they see fit. And someone who owns a business is within their rights to establish their own rules for admitting or banning people from the premises. That is unless, an individual is prevented from entering a property based on their being a member of a "protected class" (i.e. a class based on race, religion, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, etc.). Otherwise, prohibiting someone from entering a business property is legal.


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