Beware of Face Book
Source: Adjunct Law Prof Blog; http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/adjunctprofs/
Reproduced with permission. Copyright © 2011, Mitchell H. Rubinstein, Esq., Adjunct Professor of Law, St. Johns Law School and New York Law School, All rights reserved.
Can employers get access to your Face Book account? Increasingly, the answer may be yes. In a New York case, where the plaintiff's physical condition was at issue, a lower court judge ordered that a defendant be granted access, Romano v. Steelcase, Inc., ___Misc.3d____(Suffolk Co. 2010). See also, Law.com discussion.
There are also some cases granting disclosure of Face Book accounts in the context of attorney disciplinary proceedings as discussed in Legal Prof Blog.
Moral of the story: Beware what you post on the internet. It can come back to haunt you!
Mitchell H. Rubinstein
Hat Tip: Legal Writing Prof Blog
NYPPL Comments: See, also, Matson v. Board of Education of the School District of City of New York, USCA, 2nd Circuit, 09-3773-cv.
The Matson decision by the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals concludes that “Not all ‘serious medical conditions’ are protected by a constitutional right to privacy” and is posted by NYPPL at http://publicpersonnellaw.blogspot.com/2011/01/not-all-serious-medical-conditions-are.html
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