Most of our Colorado readers know that there are certain factors that an employer cannot take into consideration when deciding whether or not to hire a potential employee. Federal law prohibits employment discrimination based on factors such as race, gender or religious preference. But are employers learning the details of potential employees' lives through social media?
According to a college-level study, the answer to this question may be "Yes." A recent article detailed the findings of a study conducted by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University. The report indicates that some employers who were part of the study did indeed use social media to learn more about job applicants - and what they learned may have inadvertently led to discrimination.