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February 2018 Archives

Can Facebook audience targeting lead to employer discrimination?

If you’ve ever created a Facebook ad before, you know there’s more to it than just drafting some catchy copy and publishing it online. Facebook allows you to customize your audience—a seemingly harmless concept that allows you to make sure your ad ends up in front of the people most likely to be interested in the product you’re selling. If you’re putting on a rock concert in San Antonio, for example, you probably don’t need a classical musician in Baltimore to see know about it. Facebook allows you to set your audience parameters so that your ad will only appear to the people you’re targeting.

How Texas employers can (and can’t) use your biometric data

Employers across the country are increasingly using employees’ biometric data—e.g., fingerprints, retina scans and facial recognition software—as a form of identification. This technology offers a number of advantages to employers. Employee identification badges can be lost, and passwords can be stolen—which could give unauthorized persons access to sensitive company data. Biometric data, however, is not subject to either of these risks.

Good news for common victims of hiring discrimination

As the economy has been steadily recovering from the recession that hit a decade ago, the unemployment rate has been decreasing, and more jobs have been opening up. For years, this trend has primarily benefited top-tier candidates—the highly qualified and educated strata of the unemployed population. Joblessness for marginalized groups, however, has remained a problem.

Does the ADA protect against obesity discrimination?

Is obesity considered a disability—deserving of the same employment protections as other mental and physical impairments under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? This is a question which was recently posed to a California court.

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