Social media might seem harmless and fun to most of us, but it can be really dangerous in so many ways. One of the those ways, is when it comes to looking for a new job. Companies often do background checks using social media monitoring software on potential new employees, which means going through their social media accounts to make sure they don’t brag about snorting lines on Instagram, or wax lyrical about their penchant for devouring human flesh on Twitter.
While both of those extreme examples are more than enough to make you lose your dream job, your sexual orientation is not. Shockingly however, this is exactly what happened to Samantha Chirichella, 26, when she was subject to wrongful termination discrimination.
Three years ago Samantha posed in a lesbian scene with her bare breast out for an art exhibit. Proud of the photography skills of her friend, she posted the image to Instagram – which is where energy company Con Ed found it.
Samantha was set to start a new $70,000 a year job as a staff investigator for the firm. That was until the photo ruined her chances. Flick over to the next page to see the offending image, and the fallout from the whole sorry affair.
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