This Woman Had Her Job Offer Taken Away After Employer Finds Lesbian “Art” Photo From 3 Years Ago

Samantha Chirichella/Instagram

We’ve all heard it – make sure your social media doesn’t contain anything you wouldn’t want your boss to see. I know I deleted plenty of photos from freshman year of college holding red Solo cups in a toga from Facebook before applying to my internships. It’s just not a good look, and this story proves that employers do scope out your social media presence, whether it’s fair or not.

Samantha Chirichella, 26, was set to start a $70,000 per year job at Consolidated Edison energy company. During a background check, a photo from Instagram taken three years surfaced that caused the company to revoke their offer.

The pic shows Samantha kissing the breast of another woman as the other woman kisses hers.


Samantha said in papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court that the picture is art, not porn. It was shown in a gallery as part of an art show that featured her friend’s photography.

According to NY Daily News, Chirichella’s lawyer, Arthur Schwartz, said in court papers,

“The work was no more sexually explicit that the works of DaVinci, Titian or Michaelangelo, and less explicit that photos published in Sports Illustrated.”

A Con Ed spokesperson said they are currently reviewing the issue.

Time to set those social media pages to private.

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