Lawyer on Supreme Court hunger strike against social media firings

Thu Jun 5, 2014 4:45pm EDT
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By Ian Simpson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Reclining on a beach chair outside the U.S. Supreme Court, Delaware lawyer Brian Zulberti doesn't look like a man on a do-or-die mission to transform Internet privacy.

But even as he chats with passersby and taps a laptop, Zulberti, 31, is deep into a hunger strike aimed at keeping people from getting fired for what they post on social media.

Zulberti, who has not eaten since Sunday, said on Thursday he would go without food until he got 90 primetime seconds on a major television network to lay out his case for wide-open social media.

"Nothing less than (CNN anchors) Anderson Cooper or Wolf Blitzer, nothing less. Until I get 90 seconds of that, I die right here. This isn't a game, you know," he said..

Zulberti contends privacy is on its way out and employers need to get used to knowing everything about their workers, the good and bad.

He said people should not be discriminated against because of what they post on social media, such as being fired for putting a picture of themselves having a beer on Facebook or Twitter.

"It happens all the time," he said.

Zulberti created an online stir last year when he sent a job application to every lawyer in Delaware with a photo of himself in a sleeveless T-shirt for his law school alma mater, Villanova University.   Continued...