View Poll Results: Should it be illegal for employers to ask for Facebook passwords?

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  • This is already illegal, covered under existing anti-discrimination laws

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  • We need new legislation to make this illegal

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  • It's poor judgment on the part of the employers, but doesn't need to be illegal

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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by Mickey Shane View Post
    I've heard that people without a facebook account get passed over. They don't even ask. They just FB search for your name. If you don't come up, you're not hired. It's Bull**** of the highest order.
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    How do you propose to change this? No internet searches before hire law?
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    My solution is if an interviewer asks me for a Facebook password, I redecorate his office. If he gives me any lip about it... I remodel it.

    If more people would just stop putting up with this ****, fewer companies would try it.
    I was answering Mickey's scenario. The employer runs a FB search to see if you have an account. That can't be prevented.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    I have my FB account set to private and set to not be found in search engines. It's for family and close friends only and is no one else's business. Honestly, if prospective employers found a way around that, I would just deactivate the account. At that point it wouldn't be worth it anymore.

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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    This Facebook thing is exactly what happens when the job market is so heavily in favor of the employer: tests like this get run up the pole to see what happens . . . I've never seen such an employer's market as this. The trouble with this type of nonunion scared and desperate unemployed citizenry, is that once they have been run down enough, they will take what they get. It's like saying, "you should be so happy that you have free speech that you should shut up about it".

    When poeple get pushed up to the wall hard enough; like in the 1930s, then things will begin to turn, including the economy; but not until then.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    I agree with what helix said. If it's not already illegal, it should be. Especially firing someone already employed by the company because they won't turn over their passwords.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    ... They can't search my house, and look for drugs, why should they be able to look on my private Facebook page and search for stuff. Highly unethical.
    If you don't want the government sticking its nose into private business then they can search your house if you want to work there. What law would they be breaking?
    And if you not Christian then they can not let you work for them if you carry the logic I've heard lately. That is, if you do things that are sins and their paying you enables your doing un-Christian things they should have the right not to participate by paying you for working for them.

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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by jet57 View Post
    This Facebook thing is exactly what happens when the job market is so heavily in favor of the employer: tests like this get run up the pole to see what happens . . . I've never seen such an employer's market as this. The trouble with this type of nonunion scared and desperate unemployed citizenry, is that once they have been run down enough, they will take what they get. It's like saying, "you should be so happy that you have free speech that you should shut up about it".

    When people get pushed up to the wall hard enough; like in the 1930s, then things will begin to turn, including the economy; but not until then.
    I agree. There needs to be an employee's bill of rights that protect privacy and protect people against abuse. Electronic intrusion should be one of the things on it. I would also ban the practice of checking a potential employee's credit. Plenty of people have bad credit through no fault of their own. Getting sick in our atrocious health care system can get you bad credit. Then when you're well enough to work again, you can't get a job because your credit sucks. I would also ban "at will" work where you can get fired for any reason, good or bad. The employee bill of rights should state that an employer has to have a valid reason to fire someone such as their work is poor quality, their attendance is poor, etc. If an employer finds out a worker is a member of Democratic Socialists of America or a member of the NRA, that is NOT a valid reason to fire anyone. (If they preach and make a nuisance about it at work, that's different.) Work relationships between an employer and an employee should be about a person doing the work in a quality way. Period.

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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    As some of you may have heard, some employers are starting to ask their employees or potential employees for their Facebook passwords, in order to "do a background check" on them. Some have implemented this practice as a condition for employment, a condition for promotion, or even as a condition to not be fired. Obviously this is a huge invasion of privacy, but it also seems to walk a very fine line when it comes to existing anti-discrimination laws. If a potential employer browsed someone's Facebook, they could find out a lot more than their drinking habits...they could reasonably be expected to find out the person's religion, race, sexual orientation, whether they are expecting a child, what their political views on unions are, etc.

    Is this really a road that we should go down? Do we need legislation preventing this? What happens if an employer views someone's Facebook, sees that they're a member of a group typically associated with a certain race (e.g. NAACP or ADL or La Raza), and then decides not to hire them? Who knows if that was the actual reason they weren't hired, but I think the person could reasonably make the claim that they were discriminated against.

    And here is a great resignation letter from a man who had to ask potential employees for their Facebook passwords before he could hire them: I hereby resign - raganwald's posterous
    This stupid bull**** is getting more and more tiresome.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    I think employers have a right to know who you are. They should be able to require drug tests, background checks, and letters of reference along with a resume (the typical stuff).

    However, giving someone your Facebook violates the privacy of other people (not just the person being considered for a job). The employer could access all private conversations that other people have had with you. I don't support requiring Facebook passwords for this reason.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by Phoenix View Post
    An employer should be able to ask for anything they want. It's their Job.
    It is not their job to go through your mail or anything else private. That is absolutely ridicules.
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    Re: Employers asking for Facebook passwords

    Quote Originally Posted by OhIsee.Then View Post
    If you don't want the government sticking its nose into private business then they can search your house if you want to work there. What law would they be breaking?
    Right to be safe and secure against unreasonable search etc. If the police can't do it without a warrant, why the heck should an employer?

    Quote Originally Posted by OhIsee.Then View Post
    And if you not Christian then they can not let you work for them if you carry the logic I've heard lately. That is, if you do things that are sins and their paying you enables your doing un-Christian things they should have the right not to participate by paying you for working for them.
    Well with any job a public display of something questionable can get you fired. Like a teacher doing porn and the pictures being on the internet. Or a police officer getting arrested for drunk driving. This has nothing to do with an invasion of your privacy.
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    Benjii likes the protests...he'd be largely irrelevant without them. So he needs to speak where he knows there will be protests against him and that makes him responsible for the protests.
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