Seattle, Washington lawyer D. Jill Pugh recently wrote an interesting blog post regarding the fact employers are increasingly using Google to find out information about employees and applicants. Employers are able to find out all kinds of information on the Internet including the sorts of information that are illegal to ask in an interview. (Such as age, marital status, whether or not the individual has children, arrest record, value of your home and more).
Pugh raises a valid point that it would be difficult for an applicant to prove that the decision maker did an online search or that the information influenced the decision. She recommends that job seekers should keep tabs on their online "profile" – especially if it contains embarassing or false information.