Facebook Access May Expose Employers To Labor Actions

Law360, New York (March 26, 2012, 7:06 PM EDT) -- Companies that demand access to current or prospective employees' Facebook accounts aren't just inviting gripes about worker privacy — they're opening the door for potential discrimination claims and risking running afoul of the National Labor Relations Act, lawyers say.

The issue of employers asking would-be employees to fork over social networking passwords picked up steam Monday, as Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., pressed the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to look into whether demanding that job applicants...
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