This Note argues that an employer’s use of social media sites to "micro-target" potential job applicants is not per se unlawful under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). Rather, recruitment practices that target a specific age group are permissible under the ADEA when those recruitment practices are part of a broader recruitment strategy. When analyzing job advertisements on social media platforms, courts should not only consider the context of the advertisement, but also whether the advertisements are available through other resources. Such an analysis would allow employers to take advantage of the streamlined recruitment platforms available through social media sites, such as Facebook, in order to efficiently recruit new employees and effectively diversify the workplace.
Joseph Nelson Jr.,
Targeted Job Advertisements on Social Media: An Age-Old Practice in a New Suit,
8 Global Bus. L. Rev.
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