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Woman Loses Health Benefits Over Smiling Facebook Photos

November 23, 2009 6:05 AM | News

By Tyler Sutherland

FacebookA Quebec woman’s health benefits have been suspended after she posted photos of herself smiling on Facebook.

Nathalie Blanchard has been on leave for the last year from her job at IBM in Bromont, Quebec. She has been receiving monthly sick leave benefits from Manulife due to depression.

Now those payments have come to an end after an agent with Manulife informed Blanchard that she appears to be having fun in several Facebook photos, such as at a local bar, on her birthday and vacationing in a sunny destination. Manulife says the photos are evidence that she is no longer depressed.

According to CBC News, Blanchard has hired a lawyer to try and get her benefits reinstated.

Manulife says a client’s policy would not be terminated solely based on photos found on a website, but for now, they are suspended indefinitely.

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