How Recruiters Can Avoid A Discrimination Lawsuit

October 23rd, 2008 | by Jason Alba |

Not completely avoid it, but if recruiters are concerned about claims they made an unfair judgment based on a candidates Profile picture, they can just turn them all off.

There is a privacy setting I hadn’t looked at, but it was pointed out to me by Chris when I posted LinkedIn Maintenance II: Do THIS RIGHT NOW (or else).  Rich pointed out recruiters can turn off all Profile pictures.  Turns out, all of us can do the same, no matter who we are, no matter what level we are on.

I’m not sure if this really will avoid a discrimination lawsuit, but at least you can say you didn’t see the LinkedIn Profile picture.  Here’s what you do:

  1. While logged into LinkedIn, click on Account & Settings.  Scroll down to find the Viewing Profile Photos link:
  2. Click on the No One option, and hit Save Changes.

That’s it – it’s that simple.  I would love to know how many people actually click that… but it’s nice it’s there :)

  1. One Response to “How Recruiters Can Avoid A Discrimination Lawsuit”

  2. By Marilee Glenn on Jan 20, 2011 | Reply

    I’m really glad to see this setting. As someone who thinks about discrimination but won the visual privilege lottery, I was really torn about posting a picture on a site so closely tied to my resume, no matter how many advice columns exhorted me to do it.

    If you work in Human Resources or hiring in any capacity, use this setting. Tell your peers, tell your coworkers. It’s the only ethical way to interact with a site that pushes pictures so heavily and then asks you to research your job candidates there.

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