Tennessee Now Prohibits Employers from Accessing Social Media Accounts of Employees
As of January 1st, 2015, TN became the latest state to prohibit employers from requiring employees or job applicants to grant access to their private social media accounts, which includes requiring individuals to “friend” employers. Also, employers can’t take adverse action against employees for failing to reveal such information. Of course, employers are still free to view any public portions of an employee’s social media account. Violations of this law allow both the aggrieved employee and the state attorney general to take civil action against the employer.