LinkedIn sued over lost job opportunities

Plaintiffs say networking site's provision of job reference material for potential employers without ensuring its accuracy is a violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act

New York

LINKEDIN is the industry leader in helping people make work connections. Log on, and this professional networking site displays a sampling of "people you may know" - often including colleagues at a user's own workplace - with whom to start hobnobbing.

Now, however, four people are suing LinkedIn, contending that one of the site's networking features cost them job opportunities.

The LinkedIn service in question is called Reference Search. It is available only to premium account holders, who pay a monthly fee. An employer or recruiter can use it to generate a list of people in its own network who worked at the same company at the same time as a job candidate. It also allows premium members...

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