HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The case of a Connecticut woman who was fired from her job after she bashed her boss on Facebook is set to go before a federal labor judge for a hearing that could set a national precedent for employers.

The National Labor Relations Board says Dawnmarie Souza of East Haven was illegally fired from her job as an emergency medical technician at American Medical Response of Connecticut Inc. in December 2009, after she criticized her supervisor on her personal Facebook page.

American Medical Response officials have said Souza was fired for violating company policies against rude behavior and making disparaging remarks about co-workers on the Internet.

Unless the case is settled, a hearing before an administrative law judge is scheduled to begin Tuesday at the Hartford federal court building.

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