by Albert Llosas Barrueco, Esq., and Jennifer Kutsunai, Pepper Hamilton LLP
No employer wants its employee’s bad behavior at work to become the next viral video. So it is not surprising that more employers have started using social media in the hiring process, to screen out candidates who post inappropriate photos or remarks to Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites.
Some employers also use social media to verify applicants’ credentials, see their professional networks or just get a feel for their personalities.
Social mediaare legal if done properly, but it is important for employers to be aware of the legal risks.
Federal and state laws prohibit employers from discriminating based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability and other protected characteristics. Looking at an applicant’s social media presence may reveal information related to protected charact...(register to read more)