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Personal webpages can get you fired [CNN]
> Barrett January 15, 1998
> Web posted at: 5:47 p.m. EST (2247 GMT)
> TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan (AP) -- Hired to teach computer technology
> at a marketing company, Cameron Barrett suggested his trainees check
> out his Web page, where he published his own fiction.
> Some women staff members did, and were shocked by the violent and
> sexually explicit passages.
> They complained to their boss, and Barrett was fired.
> "Just as people need to watch what they say in real life, what you
> put on your Web page is going to be visible to everyone, including
> future employers," said Esther Dyson, a director of the Electronic
> Frontier Foundation in San Francisco.
> Personal Web pages aren't considered private
> Although the First Amendment prevents the government from stifling
> speech, private employers are under no such constraints.
> Companies can fire people for comments deemed inappropriate, and
> experts warn that personal Web sites, even if done at home, are
> public venues that employers can use to determine who is suitable
> for the company.
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