Bozeman, MT Suspends Objectionable Background Check Policy

Nick Fishman

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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