Can employers legally limit the ages of job prospects by recruiting only on college campuses? Can they cap the years of experience applicants are allowed to have? Can they set up social media recruitment campaigns that exclude older people? Or would taking active steps to minimize a job's visibility to workers over 40 violate the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)?
Facebook has been a somewhat frequent topic on our Greenbelt employment law blog. This is because employment questions have arisen in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., area about whether employees should be allowed to use social media at work, and whether employers should be allowed to use Facebook to screen current and potential employees.
We have previously discussed the employment law issues surrounding employers here in Maryland who use Facebook to evaluate job candidates or check up on existing employees. While many states have addressed this privacy issue, some of them outlawing the practice, Facebook and other electronic communications of employees are turning up in another area of employment law--litigation.
Social media use has become a frequent theme in our Greenbelt Employment Law Blog. On Monday, the chief financial officer of a growing accessories and apparel retailer was fired after he allegedly posted company information on a social media site.
In recent months in our Greenbelt Employment Law Blog, we've discussed some of the intricacies of Facebook as it pertains to employment law. For the most part, we have discussed whether Maryland area employers have the right to access their employees' Facebook profiles and passwords. Another employment law issue that is ever present in the digital age is that of employees using computers for personal use in the workplace.
Months ago in our Greenbelt Employment Law Blog, we discussed how Facebook use may impact your employment in Maryland. Currently, privacy and employment laws are quite vague when it comes to social media use and we suggested that it may be best to be a bit guarded about what you post on Facebook. However, now Maryland lawmakers are working on bills that would limit the ability of employers to glean information about their employees from Facebook.