This bill would prohibit employers and schools from requiring or requesting that current or prospective employees or students provide their passwords to private email or online accounts, including social networking sites. They would be prohibited from firing, disciplining, discriminating against, denying employment or promotion to employees or students who refuse to provide that information, file a complaint, or initiate legal proceedings.
Employers that violate these prohibitions would be subject to civil penalties, the Dept. of Labor could bring injunctive actions, and U.S. district courts could provide legal or equitable relief including employment, reinstatement, promotion, and payment of lost wages and benefits.
This legislation would apply to colleges, universities, and local educational agencies. They wouldn’t be able to deny admission, suspend, expel, or take other disciplinary actions against students who decline to provide their passwords.