Earlier this year on our San Diego employment law blog, we had mentioned that California lawmakers were pushing for better privacy protections for employees and job applicants regarding social media accounts and personal email accounts.
A recent explosion of controversy has erupted concerning employers requesting to see their employees' or job applicants' private profile information on social media sites in order to make hiring or promotion decisions. While this practice may not seem entirely ethical, there are currently no laws to protect California employees and job applicants from being discriminated against for refusing to hand over their passwords and social media account information to employers.
We have mentioned before on our San Diego employment law attorney blog that more employers in the U.S. are using social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to learn more about job applicants as well as current employees. In some cases, postings, pictures and status updates have resulted in employees being fired, athletes losing endorsements and job seekers being denied employment.