Human Resources and Facebook: Are You Breaking the Law?
March 1, 2010
HR and Facebook: It’s Complicated
2/7/2010 Star Tribune
Memo to human resources: Be careful what you look for on Facebook; it could come back to haunt.
Minnesota companies may be walking toward thin ice as they follow a national trend of using social media networks to screen potential employees.
A recent national study found that employers were impressed by personality, creativity and communications skills found via the Internet. But employers also rejected job candidates for inappropriate photos, content relating to drinking or drugs and misrepresentation of skills.
Unwittingly, these businesses could be violating — or close to violating — anti-discrimination laws that have protected workers for decades.