Denied A Job Because You Refused Access To Personal Social Media? You Can Sue
Civil rights attorney services cover a lot of laws and freedoms, many of which most people are either aware of but do not exercise, or they are unaware, and as a result, repeatedly have their rights and freedoms taken advantage of or taken from them. While ignorance of the law does not constitute an excuse in most situations, others infringing on your civil rights and freedoms is unacceptable. If you were recently denied a job because you refused to grant a company permission and access to your social media pages, you can sue. Here is why and how.
Personal Privacy Is an Individual Right
While social media pages have made it acceptable for everyone to access everybody and everything 24/7, you are still entitled to the individual and undeniable right of personal privacy. You can include and exclude anyone from seeing your social media pages. The fact that you have a potential employer insisting that you will not be considered for a job if you do not grant them access is a form of discrimination. Regardless of the reasons this potential employer gave, they do not have any right at all to access your personal information, regardless of how or where it is displayed.
Your right to continued privacy should be accepted. This employer should expect that all employees and potential new hires be allowed the right to say "no" to such a presumptive and invasive act. If this employer denied you a job because you refused to sign a form to surrender your personal right to privacy, they behaved in a very discriminatory fashion. Additionally, such behavior is threatening and humiliating, so you could sue for "pain and suffering" compensation.
How to Sue
If more than two interviewers were attempting to push you into signing this kind of release form, make sure you take note of their names. Your discrimination lawyer may be able to call them as witnesses in your case. Do your best to recall exactly what they said to you, and what the release forms looked like, and what the forms stated.
A lawsuit against this potential employer should be filed right after you find and hire a lawyer. Because human memory has been argued in court as being faulty when too much time has gone by, you will want to pursue your case while everyone is still able to remember what happened on a day in question. It will not be easy, but a law office like Law Office of Faye Riva Cohen, P.C. can help.