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Genetic Information: A Protected Classification for the 21st Century

Posted in Discrimination, Harassment, Hiring, Personnel Issues, Retaliation
In the 1997 science fiction film Gattaca, the main character Vincent lives in a futuristic world where success is based on an individual’s genetic profile instead of experience or education.  Because Vincent’s genes are considered inferior, he assumes the identity of a genetically superior man in order to avoid discrimination based on his genetics.  While … Continue Reading

New California Laws Limit Access to Employee, Student Usernames and Passwords

Posted in Hiring, Legislation, Personnel Issues, Privacy, Social Media
Governor Jerry Brown last week signed two new privacy laws that will go into effect January 1, 2013.  AB 1844 and SB 1349 prohibit employers, colleges and universities from requiring or asking prospective and current employees and students to disclose social media usernames and passwords.  It also prohibits requiring or requesting employees and students to … Continue Reading

New Maryland Law Prohibits Employers from Asking for Social Media Passwords

Posted in Hiring, Legislation, Personnel Issues, Privacy, Social Media
Maryland recently became the first in the nation to ban employers from asking job applicants and employees for their Facebook and other social media passwords.  The law was signed into legislation by Maryland’s Governor approximately one year after the ACLU took on the case of Robert Collins who claimed he was forced to turn over … Continue Reading

Trouble-Shooting The Hiring Process For A Public Agency

Posted in Disability, Discrimination, Hiring
There are numerous signals that the U.S. economy is recovering – unemployment numbers are improving in California and elsewhere, there are mixed indications of a brighter housing market, and the stock market over the last months has improved substantially.  The overall mood may have also turned a corner, with less news of economically motivated protests, … Continue Reading

Liebert Cassidy Whitmore Will Be Live Tweeting At The ACWA 2011 Spring Conference

Posted in Conferences, Hiring, Personnel Issues, Social Media
This guest post was authored by Liebert Cassidy Whitmore In two weeks, more than 1,000 California water district professionals will gather at ACWA’s 2011 Spring Conference & Exhibition. Liebert Cassidy Whitmore Attorneys, Shelline Bennett and Morin Jacob will be presenting on two areas of our practice: hiring/reference checks and social media.  In addition, we will be live tweeting Morin’s presentation on social media, “Caught in … Continue Reading