SSN’s On The Web

Below is a portion of a discussion I’ve been having with the Support Department of a big corporation in regards to obtaining employment. The company wants my SSN as part of the online application. No, I won’t do that. This practice should be rendered illegal in this country in light of the identity theft issues we have today. I stated:

The SSN should be given ONLY at the interview, never online. This is really too bad. I would like to work at one of your stores but identity theft is out of control in this country. By forcing a person to disclose their SSN online, this shows great disrespect by the corporation towards your employees.

Or those hoping to be employees. This ticket is not resolved, I suppose it never will be until this practice by corporate America is made illegal. I am very motivated to start work and am a hard worker, dependable and responsible. I feel a bit ripped off in this case…

I have been trying so damn hard these last weeks to find work in this city. There is great competition for jobs here, even for minimum wage jobs. I’m not sure if my age has anything to do with this, regardless of federal laws prohibiting age discrimination. In an case, I am very frustrated with this crap and feel very much defeated by the system.

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8 Responses

  1. Is SSN Social Security Number (I am guessing)? If it is why on earth do they want that??? I can understand them requiring it if you get employment for tax purposes (I presume) but otherwise it seems dangerous. We never get asked things like that over here (fortunately).

    1. Consider yourself lucky, another reason England is better. I get it they want it for tax purposes. But asking for the number at this point is out of sync with how this should be done. Your guess is correct!

      1. Well maybe not that lucky. I have just been made redundant after 15 years at the same company. My job is going to someone in Poland as they won’t have to pay them as much 🙁

        1. Wow, sorry to hear this James. What a load of dookie. so MANY JOBS HERE HAVE BEEN OUTSOURCED it’s disgusting. Sorry for the caps. After 15 years, that’s downright rude, disrespectful to you and seems to say lots about this company.

          1. The company has lots of offices in the US too – DLA Piper. Biggest law firm in the world. Still, I am not leaving until October and I will get a decent payout. I feel a bit betrayed, but it will give me more time on the moors with a camera – so maybe not too bad after all. I am due to retire in 4 years so I’ll probably sit it out and do a bit of freelance web design or something…

            1. I never heard of them. Well you have a plan in place which is great. And time on your beloved moors, camera in hand is heavenly for you! 👍🏻

  2. I will be very interested to read what they respond to this. Common sense tells you to not give it out online. What do they need it for anyway, at that stage? Isn’t that when you have GOT the position and they need it for tax purposes?!

    1. Exactly!! They say it’s for “Corporate Tax” purposes. Rubbish! Not until I would be hired, would they get such information. Will likely be tomorrow or later before they reply.

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