Everyone wants to make a good first impression. However, with social media, sometimes making a poor first impression with a hiring manager before even going in for an interview is easier now in Texas. A debate has arisen as to whether hiring managers should be allowed to use information about job candidates that they find on Facebook or Twitter, particularly if this information refers to religion, sex and age. These are the exact types of information that are not allowed to be used in hiring according to federal law in order to prevent workplace discrimination.
Recent research shows that providing personal information on social media sites can result in hiring discrimination. In one study, a Muslim candidate was discriminated against more than a Christian candidate was. A similar study was done to determine whether discrimination occurred toward a gay person versus a straight person, but no evidence of discrimination was found in this particular case.