Many employers are concerned about how their employees use social media in relation to their work. To avoid problems, they might ask their employees to provide usernames and passwords for their social media accounts. Some employers might also be interested in this information because they want to review what job applicants are posting on their social media accounts to get an inside look at their personalities and social habits.
Are employers allowed to make you give access to your social media accounts? Not in Nevada and 24 other states (as of 5/5/17).
In Nevada, it’s unlawful for employers to “require, request, suggest or cause any employee or prospective employee to disclose the user name, password or any other information that provides access to his or her personal social media account.” Employers also can’t fire, discipline, threaten, discriminate against, or refuse to hire an employee or job applicant for not giving access to his or her social media accounts.
As of now, this law doesn’t appear to provide any specific remedies for employees who believe their employer has violated the law. However, requiring employees, or job applicants, to give access to their social media accounts is clearly illegal in Nevada.
Applicable law: NRS 613.135.