A Malaysian employee was terminated for misconduct after her employer discovered that she sent e-mails from an office computer to friends griping about her superiors. She challenged the dismissal as unfair because her words weren't meant to undermine her superiors; they were only meant as gossip. Surprisingly, though maybe not in Malaysia, she won and was awarded back wages and compensation amounting to approximately $19,000. According to the court, "derogatory, insolent, and impertinent" words said directly to a superior would amount to terminable misconduct, "but if those words are only used behind their backs and only between a few friends," the behavior doesn't amount to misconduct.
Original article by AHI's Employment Law Resource Center