LinkedIn job post surfaces missing fraud oversight, flimsy class-action vs Yelp

In the course of our perusal of the jobs search and listings functions of LinkedIn we happened on to a listing that offers no job, but instead seeks new parties to a class-action lawsuit against Yelp.  Our first thought – How do we flag this non-job to LinkedIn? Our second thought –  why was it ever allowed to go live in the first place? Our third thought – what’s the lawsuit all about?

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First issue, LinkedIn job flagging and reviewing:

We can’t find any job flagging outside of Groups, and that’s not good, not good at all, especially given that virtually every other recruitment-listing competitor offers that very important fraud-prevention feature. Additionally, this copy should have waved so many red flags that a good manual or auto review would never have let it go live in the first place. On LinkedIn jobs can be shared, saved and applied, but they can’t be flagged, it seems. Nor are they well-reviewed for fraud, apparently. We inquired to LinkedIn about this, and while a spokesperson promised to look into it, no answer was forthcoming. There are those who would say that because it’s a noted business network and posts are not free, fraud and spam aren’t a big concern. We beg to differ.

LinkedIn members are becoming more and more vocal about the business network’s propensity for spam, and even harassment, which LinkedIn clearly does far too little to halt. Now it would seem that anyone can post a job that’s not legitimate and there are no plans in place for a visitor to do anything about that. At a time when LinkedIn is trying to jump to the head of the recruitment-platform arena, this is a BIG feature hole indeed. From all that we’ve seen,  one might surmise that LinkedIn doesn’t care nearly enough about fraud, job listings or otherwise.

Second issue, Yelp class-action lawsuit:

The solicitation for clients is from a site called YelpClassAction.info, which we have confirmed belongs to Daniel Bernath of Tigard, Oregon. While the LinkedIn ad says this is a law firm and Tigard is or at least has been an attorney,  the post and the site’s copy are very poorly written and the site is missing some basic functions, as well as any About Us information. It seems that these folks think that anyone who placed a review on Yelp is entitled to $100 for each one, and seeks reviewers as clients.

Bernath was evasive when we asked about filing location, date and number of plaintiffs, and we subsequently learned that his tourism business (which describes him as a retired lawyer,)  is reviewed on Yelp, and, according to a Yelp spokesperson, has just lost a lawsuit to Yelp. This class-action seems like a lawsuit that’s going nowhere, and shame on LinkedIn for leaving this out unflagged, where it misleads job seekers.

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Originally posted on www.aimgroup.com. 
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