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    There absolutely is a difference.

    But "sensitive" employers might not differentiate, as a publicly available list makes for a very convenient tool.

    •  Well, then the folks who sign a petition... (9+ / 0-)

      ...might ought to consider such consequences before signing a petition that is obviously intended to be submitted to the state.

      One is not required to share information when they vote: one can just as easily refrain from signing a ballot-access petition then support the measure (or candidate) anonymously when and if it comes up for a vote.

      But by signing a petition in order to get something on a ballot, an individual has (to my mind, anyway) crossed the anonymity line.

      Rammer jammer, yellowhammer, Give 'em hell, Alabama!!!

      by turnover on Sat Jan 16, 2010 at 09:05:15 PM PST

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    •  Employers of that ilk (2+ / 0-)
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      sfbob, Christy1947

      Use any of many of tools in their arsenal, Facebook searches, the google, college records, etc. It is unlikely an activist can protect themselves from such probes. This is not a persuasive argument for non-disclosure, IMO.

      It does point to the outside problem of at-will employment, where employers can fire employees for having the wrong bumper sticker on their car. Like Pat Robertson's right to free speech, there may be some scenarios where the imperfections of our system show through.

      Truthfully, I can't imagine, outside of political jobs, the vast majority of employers scouring databases of every possible petition a prospective employee might have signed. Most of mine never even bother to call my references, last employer, or college.

    •  True as I know employers who do like having (0+ / 0-)

      employees who are in the public eye, have a spotlight on them outside the workplace, or are activisits.  

      And potential employees could be discriminated if the employes start looing on the internet for reasons to hire or not hire a particular person.

      •  big typo, I meant do not like having employees (0+ / 0-)

        who are involved in activites that draw attention to themselves outside the workplace. It is very unfair but some are very picky particularly in this jobs market which is clearly an employers market..they can pick and chose and decide who to lay off based on about anything at all.

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