Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 9:40 a.m.
There's been all manner of hullaballoo the past week or so about reports that an increasing number of employers have been asking job applicants to hand over their social media log-in information as part of the job application process -- if you want the job, you have to show them what you're up to on Facebook, Twitter, and other sites.
Many have pointed out that the policy has the potential to reveal things like an applicant's marital status, sexual orientation, religion, race, and age -- all things that are illegal to actually ask about
during the hiring process.
Yesterday, Democratic lawmakers in the House proposed tweaking a bill about FCC procedures to help protect people from being forced to do that -- and it was immediately shot down.
Despite his repeated insistence that government needs to stay out of citizens' business, Congressman Allen West voted against the measure even though, according to the Associated Press, it's government agencies that most frequently pry
into job applicants' social media accounts.
He opposed SOPA ("Sorry Mr. President, this is a democracy
"), but not this? We won't know his reasoning for it unless he posts something to his Facebook account, which, it's worth noting, he never had to let a boss log into.
So the next time you're applying for a job and the interviewers make you get on Facebook, scroll through your pictures, and show them your wall posts, keep in mind -- the Republicans said it was OK. And that includes West -- who, for all the praise he gets for being a maverick who isn't afraid to stand up for what he believes in, votes along the Republican Party line 93 percent of the time