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Another Facebook Hazard for Job Seekers

Posted by Frank Steinberg | Mar 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

We've long known that employers are searching social media sites as part of their background investigation of job applicants.  So the applicants have taken to blocking the public at large from accessing portions of their Facebook (for example) pages.  That keeps the pictures of the drunken college beer bashes away from prying eyes.

So some employers have taken to requiring applicants to turn over login credentials – or to log in in the presence of an interviewer – as this article from tells us.  Some applicants have refused and withdrawn their applications.  Others, needing a job, have agreed.

Fair background investigation or unsupportable invasion of privacy?  What do you think?

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Frank Steinberg

Frank is the founder and principal of Steinberg Law, LLC. A Jersey boy born and bred, he focuses on employment litigation and counseling, business litigation,  and aviation law. Following law school and a clerkship in the federal district court Frank spent his early career with large litigation ...


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