The Facebook Uproar

You probably heard the AP News report last week that some private and public agencies around the country are asking job seekers for their social media passwords in job interviews. We have been warned for years that employers and college admission representatives could be looking at your social media sites to see your posted pictures, but employers have taken new tactics. Those tactics include asking job applicants to friend human resources managers or log onto company computers and watch while the interviewer reviews the job applicant’s social media site.

Legislators from Maryland and Illinois have proposed legislation which would prohibit employers from requesting social media passwords. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal also is crafting federal legislation calling the practice an “unreasonable invasion of privacy for people seeking work.”

If an employer could see your social media site, can they find out if you are married, have children or plan to have children? Those are facts that employers are not supposed to consider in a job interview and an employer isn’t supposed to ask questions to get that information in an interview. By checking your social media site, an employer can get information that is not supposed to be used in making a hiring decision.

What’s next? Your bank account? Your credit card statements?

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