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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Employees Beware: Many Employers Google Job Candidates

More and more employers are googling job applicants before they hire them-well at least according to Attorneys At Work. I think this is a reasonable assumption. So, it makes sense for everyone to google, yahoo and bing their own names to see what comes up. At least you can prepare yourself to explain something that might not be favorable. 

The use of internet search engines before someone is hired raises employment law issues. If the statement is defamatory, does the applicant have a cause of action against the poster, against the employer or against both? Do the same defamation standards apply or does the use of the internet make this different? How does someone get something false removed from the internet? Does an internet service provider have the obligation to take something down when they have notice that the information is false. 

Law review commentary on these important issues would be most welcome.

Hat Tip: Legal Skills Prof Blog

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Comments

Thanks for this nice post, I really appreciate your work. it is really good article for many peoples who want to apply for this type of jobs because after reading this article many people beware about this.
I also go through many websites Like http://www.jrlaw.org which have been also provide a great knowledge about this types of information.
Sure I'll come across your blog again when you will share something new.

Thanks,
Jone

Posted by: Jone | Jan 19, 2011 2:16:39 AM

Defamation and the internet. That's a tough one indeed.

Posted by: scott | Jan 19, 2011 1:25:43 PM

I've posted an answer to a religious question and it may be anaccurate with poor communication skills. My full name was posted too. I'm afraid I cannot delete the post.
Would this prevent me from getting hired?

Posted by: brian | Nov 7, 2011 8:54:45 AM

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