In the article Do Employers Using Facebook For Background Checks Face Legal Risks, writer Carolyn Elefant expresses her opinion on how companies are abusing the rights of job applicants and employees. Social networking is a fairly new idea that has really become popular in the last ten years. Since social networking is so new to our society, there haven’t been many laws that protect the rights of job applicants and employees. As stated by Carolyn Elefant, “Long ago, most employers stopped requiring applicants to submit photographs or inquiring about marital status or age to avoid accusations that they rejected a candidate for discriminatory reasons” (Elefant 244). Choosing an applicant over others because of marital status, age, political views, ect. is against the law. For companies to check an applicant’s Facebook profile and determine if they would be the right fit without using a formal interview process would be breaking the same law just in a different way. I was always taught that a bad law is a law that cannot be enforced and eventually abused. This is exactly what is happening with companies looking up applicants and there should be an action to help prevent this from continuing.
My senior year of high school, one of my good friends on our school football team was effected by this issue. He was predicted to go to college on a full ride scholarship for football last year. Once the university went threw his Facebook pictures, they decided that he didn’t deserve the scholarship anymore. He was a victim, in the same way many job applicants are, of this issue and human rights were violated. Personally, I believe this is wrong and a serious crime for getting into peoples personal lives. I understand that a university or company wants to hire the right person and know everything about the individual, but checking on individuals personal life is crossing a very sensitive line and bottom line discrimination.