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Cynthia Watkins

USING GOOGLE MAPS TO DISQUALIFY JOB APPLICANTS

I was told by someone working HR in a major employer that they have been instructed to google map the address of each job applicant, and if they don't like the looks of the property or neighborhood, to disqualify the applicant, no matter what his or her qualifications may be. If this mapping is being used industry wide, it would not surprise me why many qualified applicants are not being called in for interviews. Just another of 1,001 ways to discriminate against job seekers.

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Priscilla Hutchins

That's why I never turn on my location

Leroy Mosier

I hear that then half jobs are"t there

Cynthia Watkins

After I retired from the legislature, I went to temp agencies because I saw some advertised positions, and went through their process, and about 70% of the advertised jobs didn't exist. What many agencies do is interview applicants so that they have a pool to pick from should jobs become available. If you can, go to companies directly, and bypass temp agencies.

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OMG...that makes so much sense. It's like the employer makes judgment on the job applicant from where their living environment. That is so unfair.

Tim Byers

I was just turned down on a job cause i never lived in the state where they were working .. Bullshitttt!!!!

Alex K

Agreed. Who says you can't get hired in another state?

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I wouldn't put that by them. It can have a disparate impact on the selection process, especially if you live in a minority area and you add diversity to that demographic.

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Just add that to the list of disqualifiers. Like name discrimination. Ethnic names are disqualified right off the top!

Cynthia Watkins

Ethnic names were a disqualifier for at least 40 years that I am aware of.

Nathanael Wright

Not sure how valid it is, but if it's a concern you can always get a po box

Cynthia Watkins

You're new to the conversation. It is valid, and I have had a post office box for 35 years. It's not a issue for me; it is an issue that was brought to my attention by a former coworker who now works in HR.

John Hatcher

Yes please u can give number address me will check map but I can visit office .......my name is john d hatcher Jr for job

John Hatcher

My number phone 786-426-5769 please text me .......

Cynthia Watkins

I don't know what you are asking.

Dorothy Barr

That is so wrong on so many levels

Dorothy Barr

I think that it should be under the dicrimmination laws cause it is none of anyone's business how you live that is invading our privacy

Cynthia Watkins

We have no privacy anymore, Ms. Barr.

Alex K

The issue is How you live, but WHERE you live.

Joseph Ferber

WOW!!!!
That's Incredible SHIT!!!!
NEVER heard of this until now!
Thanks for alerting me Cynthia!

Cynthia Watkins

I printed out the Google Maps photo of my house to show to someone who didn't believe that just anyone could do this. Then I printed out a photo of her house from Google, and she became hysterical. Then I went to our county website and printed out all the information about her house which is also public information: square footage, number of bedrooms, bathrooms, fireplaces, porches, garages, and the tax information. And I did this using just her street address, although since I know her name, I could have done it by name. All public information, easily accessible to anyone.

Dawn Parisi

I can't believe that is legal.

Cynthia Watkins

It is....anyone can go on google maps and get a photo of your house.....anyone. It's public information.