Should your private life matter at work?

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The case of a Massachusetts teacher’s aide who was suspended by her school district for outside work she did as a lingerie model is raising questions about how much your private life can or should impact your career.

Kaitlin Pearson was placed on paid administrative leave when the Fitchburg schools system found out about her modeling work. The district lifted the suspension this week, after they reviewed the case.

Some college seniors in Springfield told 22News that it is difficult to keep anything private now with technology and social media.

Olivia Scharff of Natick said that now, more than ever, young people need to conscious of that, but should still be allowed to be themselves.

“Drinking pictures, it depends, you know if you’re 21 and you’re at a bar that’s one thing and the employer should not think anything of it,” Scharff said.

She and her friends also said that they feel like they have to be more cautious of their actions than previous generations needed to be, because just about everything makes it to the Internet.

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