In the course of assembling that information, Andrews learned that 35 percent of employers reject job applicants because of information found on social networks and that women bear the brunt of the damage; they are more likely than men to be penalized for revealing themselves online dressed provocatively in photos, or writing about getting drunk, or complaining about past employers, coworkers or clients. Andrews explores the legal pitfalls of social media in her new book, I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did, out this month.
Andrews wouldn’t be caught dead posting a sexy picture of herself, but asked about the Legally Blonde comparison, she doesn’t bother to deny it. “I realize that as I speak, I’m fiddling with a pink pen with, like, marabou feathers on it,” she says. But overall, being cute and short has its career advantages: “Because, you know, people didn’t expect that I’d actually be able to write a kick-ass brief.”
Nina Burleigh is the author, most recently, of The Fatal Gift of Beauty: The Trials of Amanda Knox.
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