Social media represents a nearly ubiquitous presence in the lives of many people today. Older generations often counsel younger ones to be wary of “putting too much out there” on social media or text messages. While the wisdom of that advice can be reasonably debated, there undisputedly are times when your social media content can play a role in your discrimination or harassment case, and it’s important to recognize that reality at the outset. As with any aspect of your discrimination case, a skilled New Jersey employment discrimination lawyer can advise of your rights, as well as what your obligations may be under the rules of discovery.
A disability discrimination case from Union County shows an example of a situation where the worker’s online information was discoverable.
N.D., the worker, was a staff attorney with a nonprofit that performed legal advocacy for people with disabilities. The staff attorney was herself a person with disabilities, as she had received diagnoses of lupus and cancer. In January 2020, the organization fired the staff attorney, so she sued, alleging that the termination was an act of impermissible disability discrimination in violation of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination.