said 1 year ago:
I find myself leaning back to what my minister used to tell us in school: if you have to justify or reason out why you should do something, chances are you shouldn’t be doing it.
The law is clear: you cannot use some information when you are making a hiring decision (such as marriage status, religious affiliation, political affiliation, etc). If you go their facebook page, where such information might be very prominent, how can you guarantee that the information you find won’t be used in judging the applicant? You can’t. You can talk about how you’re 100% not going to do it, but we all know that it is a lie. Once you are exposed to information, you can’t ignore it, and you might rationalize or over emphasize something that you would have ignored elsewhere, even if you don’t realize you’re doing it. This kind of bias is hard to get nailed for by the State, but do you really want to be discriminating against other people? I like this quote:
“‘There’s much more subliminal discrimination against the unemployed that’s hard to document,’ said Lynne Sarikas, director of the MBA Career Center at Northeastern University’s College of Business Administration. ‘Hiring is an art, not a science. You rely on a gut reaction.’”
I strongly urge that all hiring managers stay away from social media pages (linkedin being an obvious exception, it is an online resume that is easy to update and maintain and is intended for business).
Why expose yourself to anything that could cause you to discriminate against someone? Business is about making money, not advocating or pushing an agenda, no matter how subconsciously. Why risk it?