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Power to the people! It sounds like the city of Bozeman, MT was sufficiently bombarded with phone calls and emails objecting to their practice of asking job applicants to supply user names and passwords to their social networking sites after the media and bloggers excoriated them. The city announced late Friday that it will suspend this practice.

City Manager, Chris Kukulski was quoted as saying the policy, “appears to have exceeded that which is acceptable to our community”. He probably should have also included “acceptable in the free world” in addition to his community.

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We’re all for employment background checks, but it is important to protect the rights of job candidates in the process.

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7 Responses to “Bozeman, MT Suspends Objectionable Background Check Policy”

  1. [...] such as Facebook and MySpace for employment screening purposes.  Among the topics discussed is troubling screening policy adopted and later rescinded by the city of Bozeman, [...]

  2. [...] a follow up to a story we wrote about extensively a few months back….Investigator: Bozeman’s Internet background checks weren’t voluntary.  If you [...]

  3. […] backlash to employers that do this, is enough to discourage them for considering it.  Check out a story we posted about the city of Bozeman, […]

  4. […] candidates stop applying for jobs and the media absolutely eviscerates the employer.  Check out what happened in Bozeman, Montana several years ago.  As soon as their practices of asking for social media passwords came to light, […]

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