Printed 2017/08/18 05:15AM

Why an employer should never ask about accessing your Facebook page


There's a brilliant piece of work posted as a fictitious resignation letter that gives some scenarios as to why an employer could be in hot water should it ask for access to Facebook. The letter is based on some Canadian laws.


Here in the United States, where I live, an FAQ page about job discrimination laws can be found here. Here is the short synopsis of laws that protect American citizens when it comes to the job (from the link):



On a given Facebook profile, you can typically see (which you might not be able to guess with an in person interview):



You're not supposed to ask questions about these characteristics for a potential candidate. In addition, some states also have laws for sexual orientation. These can all result in a discrimination lawsuit. Since pregnancy is supposed to be treated as a temporary illness and a post on Facebook could be seen revealing the pregnancy even before said pregnancy is physically visible, you have another possible area for a lawsuit. It's just not smart for an employer to open themselves up like this.


Still with me? Then I have two questions for you:



I understand that in some cases the job is needed badly and the breach of privacy is something that will just have to be accepted to put food on the table. But if that's not the case, why say yes to this level of intrusion into one's privacy?

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