Can Your Employer Require You to Disclose Your Facebook Username and Password?

By Thomas McKinney

The ACLU has recently taken on the issue of whether an employer can force an employee to disclose his Facebook username and password.  A Maryland Corrections Officer was forced to disclose his username and password as part of the re-certification process.  The interviewer immediately logged into his Facebook account and began reviewing the material.

The ACLU will argue that this is a violation of the employee’s privacy and that it is illegal for the employer to force an employee to provide this information.  This is another example of how Facebook, and other social media outlets, are becoming a greater focus in the employment context.

February 22, 2011 – Castronovo & McKinney – Tom McKinney

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Tom McKinney is an experienced NJ Employment Lawyer in all major areas of labor and employment law, including discrimination, harassment, overtime violations, wage and hour claims, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, LAD, FLSA, and all other employment law claims. Tom is admitted to practice in the States of New Jersey and New York, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Southern District of New York, District of New Jersey, and United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Prior to forming the firm, Tom practiced at Gibbons P.C. in Newark, NJ. If you have any questions regarding this article, contact Tom here today.