Candidates Say They Were Doxxed By Potential Employer After Interview

Commenters slammed an employer for showing up late to a couple's interview and doxxing them online for leaving a bad review about her.

The original poster (OP), known as u/Wolf-en-stein, posted about the incident in Reddit's popular "Antiwork" forum where it received more than 10,000 upvotes and 500 comments, many offering legal advice. The post can be found here.

What is Doxxing?

Doxxing is defined by Merriam-Webster as "publicly identifying or publishing private information about (someone) especially as a form of punishment or revenge."

According to SafeHome.org, more than 40 million Americans have experienced doxxing in their lifetime.

Interviewer shares couple's drivers licenses online
Users suggested the original poster contact a lawyer to see if the employer broke the law by publicly releasing their driver's license. Chris Ryan/iStock/Getty Images Plus

The Post

In the post titled "potential employer posted my and my partner's DLs after I left a bad review. What should I do?" OP, 19, said they recently interviewed for a cleaning job with their partner.

OP said the interviewer was more than an hour late to the interview and only spent five minutes speaking to the couple before mentioning they would be put on the Thursday schedule and receive a few follow-ups about employment.

"She didn't respond to any of my communications until ten days later, just to say, 'oh I remember now. We already filled the slots for workers,'" the post read. "I say, 'thanks for your reply. Please expect a review.'"

OP left a review stating the interviewer was late and didn't communicate. OP also said that "hopefully their cleaning services didn't reflect her unprofessional behavior."

Employer's Revenge

After leaving the review, OP said they discovered a post from the employer on Nextdoor, a social media app used to connect neighbors.

OP said the post told future employers to "beware" of them and said she didn't hire them because of their "presentation" and that she's "very careful" about who she allows in other people's homes.

But the employer took the post further by posting OP and their fiance's driver's licenses.

"She then texts me stating she is going to file a police report and file a restraining order against us," the post read. "She's since taken it down after we called her boss, who asked us to take down our reviews, but another subreddit advised me to sue her/the company for doxxing and emotional distress. Can/should we do this?"

Redditor Reactions

More than 500 users offered up advice in the comments section, many also criticizing the employer's unprofessional behavior.

"You need to talk to a lawyer, not a subreddit," one user commented.

"This is illegal. Talk to a lawyer," another user commented. "You never know if someone could use that information for ID theft purposes, plus it is discriminatory for them to try and deny you any future employment when you never worked there just because of appearance."

"In many places it is not only illegal to dox people like this, but it's also illegal for an employer to discuss the performance of previous employees," another wrote. "OP may have a strong case against their former employer."

"What that person did is a criminal offense and it could face serious consequences," another commenter wrote. "Your identity can be stolen with a copy of your driver's license btw, and loans taken and more, this is a serious matter so don't wait and go for her jugular. She needs to learn."

The Legality of Doxxing

Revealing an individual's personal information is not always illegal, since some information is already public such as addresses, phone numbers, places of employment, and full names.

However, in some states, if a court finds a specific offense to be a violation of privacy, it can result in jail time or fines.

The OP told Newsweek that they're currently trying to find affordable legal counsel and said that the employer has not been in contact with them since.

"However, our priority is finding work," the OP said. "So as much as we would want to pursue the defamation, it might have to go on the back burner."

Other Negative Job Experiences

In another viral Reddit post, users praised an employee for quitting his job after his bonus was cut in half. Another employee went viral after revealing their boss wanted to know if they could come in on their day off.

Users also criticized a boss online after they asked a departing employee to reveal their new salary.

Updated 07/12/2022, 1:46 p.m. ET: This story has been updated with comments from Redditor u/Wolf-en-stein.