Employment discrimination happens when an employer treats someone unfairly or differently because of specific characteristics, like their race, gender, age, or religion. This unfair treatment can occur during hiring, promotions, salary decisions, or even firing. In today’s digital age, where many people share their lives on social media, these platforms have become a new area where employment discrimination can and does occur.
In this article, we’ll look at how social media monitoring contributes to employment discrimination and how you can protect your privacy online. If you feel you’ve been the victim of workplace discrimination, call Gash & Associates, P.C. today for a free consultation.
Social Media Monitoring and Employment Discrimination
When employers monitor social media, they might see personal details about someone’s life, beliefs, or background. If an employer uses this information to make decisions about hiring, promoting, or firing someone, it can be a form of discrimination. For instance, if a job candidate is not hired because their social media reveals their religious beliefs, or if an employee is overlooked for a promotion due to their gender identity shared online, that’s discriminatory behavior.
Social media monitoring can also sometimes lead to biases. An employer might form an opinion about an employee based on their online activities, which, of course, are not related to their job performance. This can influence the employer’s decisions in a way that’s unfair to the employee.
Legally, employment discrimination is prohibited in many countries. Laws like the Civil Rights Act here in America make it illegal to discriminate against employees based on certain protected characteristics. So, when social media monitoring uncovers this kind of information and it influences employment decisions, it can lead to legal issues for the company.
Finally, the culture of the workplace can be affected by how social media is used by employers. If employees feel like they are constantly being watched or judged based on their personal lives online, it can create a feeling of mistrust and discomfort. This leads to a workplace where discrimination or unfair treatment is more likely.
Protecting Your Privacy on Social Media
Protecting your privacy on social media is an important step towards preventing employment discrimination. Adjusting your privacy settings on each social media platform is an effective way to control who sees your content. This can significantly reduce the chances of future or current employers viewing personal information that could be used for discriminatory purposes.
If you suspect you’ve been a victim of employment discrimination due to social media monitoring, seeking justice involves a few key steps. The first is to gather evidence. This could include screenshots of your social media content that might have been viewed by your employer, alongside any related communications or actions from your employer that indicate discrimination.
Understanding your rights is also crucial. Familiarize yourself with the employment laws in New York, particularly those that protect against discrimination. This information will guide you in identifying whether your rights have been violated.
Consulting with a legal professional is often a wise move. An attorney specializing in employment law can offer personalized advice and help you determine the strength of your case. They can guide you through the process of filing a complaint with the relevant governmental agency or pursuing legal action.
Call Gash & Associates, P.C. Today
At Gash & Associates, we have 35 years of experience assisting victims of employment discrimination. If you have been mistreated at work because of social media monitoring, call our White Plains office today at (914) 328-8800.