Potential employers ask for Facebook passwords

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DENVER -- Would you give up your Facebook password to land a job? Some employers are asking for just that and now some lawmakers are getting involved.

“Looking at somebody’s Facebook page is one thing, but being able to log in and get full access or whatever, that’s kind of like a stalker,” said Facebook user, Chris Maxwell.

It’s a chance for employers to learn more about you – good, or bad.

“I don’t think it’s inappropriate, my Facebook, exactly, but other people might,” said Valerie Villaruel.

Two U.S. senators believe this just isn’t right.

"You shouldn't be required to give up your private life just to get a job,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer.

He, along with Connecticut senator Richard Blumenthal, is asking for a Department of Justice investigation to see if this violates federal law. But University of Denver law professor, Rachel Arnow-Richman, believes it’s not necessarily illegal.

“The employer has the right to decide not to hire someone because, really for any reason that’s not discriminatory,” she said.

That applies to things like race, religion, or gender, not failing to provide your password.  The good news for Coloradans – our laws protect employees further than most states.

“In Colorado, under our anti-discrimination law, workers are protected in instances where they are not hired on the basis of lawful conduct engaged in outside of the workplace,” said Arnow-Richman.

So here Colorado, your partying pictures online may not keep you from getting a job.  But employers may find their pool of candidates a little smaller.

“If you don’t trust what I’m telling you, then I don’t really want to work for you,” Maxwell said.

And employees will always find loopholes.

“You’ve got to keep one for yourself and one for the employers to look at,” Villaruel said.

Facebook has responded, saying its terms and conditions forbid people from giving out their passwords because it’s a security risk.