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My boss wants my password to Facebook, lawmakers say no

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Updated: 10/18/2013 11:36 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's a fine line almost everyone has to navigate with their boss, knowing when to share posts on social media and when to keep them private.

You may not know your boss is legally allowed to request your login information and if you don't hand it over, you can be fired.

However, a new bill in Florida aims to protect your rights. It says companies can't retaliate if you refuse to hand your information over.

"Once someone is working for you, there is a bit of a different relationship, and now if you try and pry into lives and someone says 'hey I'm not going to give that to you. I'm protected by law,' I would think an employer going forward is going to open themselves up to more trouble," said attorney Randy Reep.

If the employer still retaliates they could be fined $500, but Reep said there is still a way to get out of that.

"If I'm a lawyer for an employer, and they come to me and say 'how do I stay out of trouble,' I'm going to say 'if you don't hire someone don't give a reason.' That's the easiest way not to get in trouble," said Reep.

It's a small comfort to many in the workplace.

"I really don't think it's right but it's really all up to the employer because whether or not they're really telling the truth as for why they're not hiring the person, that's kind of unfair, I think," said Zach Manner.

Until lawmakers vote on the bill, we're told the best advice is to be cautious about what is shared publicly. Status posts, pictures and even location information could be the reason why that great job opportunity is a miss.
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