Complimentary 1-Hour Webinar: Risks of Doing Social Media Searches for Pre-Employment Purposes

Our objective is to provide your organization with information on this important topic, so that you organization may make well-informed hiring decisions, and reduce your liability. The abundance of social media websites has resulted in the exploitation of social media information in the form of a paid service. As a very new avenue through which personal information is gleaned, social media is not currently endorsed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). As a background screening company that puts your organization’s legal protection first, we feel it is our duty to provide you with the facts surrounding this new trend.

Many popular social media websites like Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, Facebook, and the like allow users to provide a great amount of detail regarding their personal background and lifestyle. This includes their relationship status, affiliation or prior service with a branch of the military, religious beliefs, physical disabilities, and oftentimes identifies their current employer (or status as unemployed).

Having access to this EEOC-protected applicant information can expose employers to liability for violating any or all of the following statues:

  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (29 U.S. Code Chapter 14)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Title I
  • Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008
  • Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974
  • Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2011

Facilitator: Khodadawd “Cody” J. Farzad

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