In this day and age there really isn’t anyone who doesn’t have a presence on social media. People often share the most intimate details of their lives, down to their romantic relationships and political views. Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and even Pinterest may contain valuable information for defendants and even better, are a free resource for them.
When faced with a lawsuit, Employers will attempt to use information gathered from your profiles in an effort to discredit you and your claims. For instance, if you are claiming that you suffered severe emotional distress as a result of your boss terminating you, a celebratory photo with the caption “I never liked that job anyway” posted to your Facebook page that night would be very damning. It can mean the difference between successful resolution of your case or a dismissal.
Follow these 5 simple steps to limit the chances of your employer invading your privacy:
- Adjust the privacy settings on your pages so that your profile is not visible to the public;
- Do not post embarrassing, crass or derogatory photos, videos or comments;
- Never post anything related to your potential claims against your employer;
- Do not use any kind of direct messaging to communicate details of your case with your friends, fans, followers, etc.; and
- Never access your social media accounts at work!
Remember, you don’t have nearly as much privacy in your social media profiles as you might think. In fact, because the success of these sites rely on sharing information with others, you probably don’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy in your profiles. After all, anyone who has access to your page can share your postings with anyone they choose. Think before you post!