Re: Hiring Practices

Subject: Re: Hiring Practices
From: "Wayne J. Douglass" <wayned -at- VERITY -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 1997 09:39:04 -0800

Flame before reading!

At 09:27 AM 4/1/97 +0000, Lisa Higgins wrote:

>Using a search engine to try to find a candidate's postings and/or
>personal web page when they have not specifically volunteered this
>information is not just unethical, IMO, but potentially illegal.
>
>How do you justify using a search engine to discover personal
>information on a job candidate? Is where they post your business? Are
>you visiting their personal webpages to gather information that
>you're not allowed to ask them in interviews? Personal webpages are
>personal. They include information about kids, location, religion,
>etc.
>
>What would you do with the information that a potential employee was
>a single parent with seven kids, an active Wiccan, and posted
>regularly to depression support groups? While it may be true that a
>bad match doesn't do anyone any favors, that's not your decision to
>make. It's the candidate's. I choose to volunteer certain personal
>information to potential employers because I have no interest in
>working for a xenophobic jerk. But if you failed to hire me after
>finding out something about my personal life, you'd be on VERY shaky
>legal ground.
>
If the history of technology tells us anything, it's that we will do
somthing because we can. Do you wan't to keep something private? Don't post
it on a Web page or anywhere else.

--Wayne Douglass

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