Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Phishing Scam

This morning I received a supposed update on a employment harrassment complaint regarding one of the associations I have been involved with. The text of the email (with link modified so it does not work):

To: Connie Crosby,

This is an automated email that confirms the registration of harassment complaint #number : 711-755-7517 filed by Maria Jones on September 29/2007 against [association].

While Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) does not resolve individual consumer problems, this harassment complaint can lead to law enforcement action.

You can download and print a copy of this complaint to keep for your personal records here .

Employer Liability for Harassment

The employer is automatically liable for harassment by a supervisor that results in a negative employment action such as termination, failure to promote or hire, and loss of wages. If the supervisor's harassment results in a hostile work environment, the employer can avoid liability only if it can prove that: 1) it reasonably tried to prevent and promptly correct the harassing behavior; and 2) the employee unreasonably failed to take advantage of any preventive or corrective opportunities provided by the employer.

The employer will be liable for harassment by non-supervisory employees or non-employees over whom it has control (e.g., independent contractors or customers on the premises), if it knew, or should have known about the harassment and failed to take prompt and appropriate corrective action.

When investigating allegations of harassment, the EEOC looks at the entire record: including the nature of the conduct, and the context in which the alleged incidents occurred. A determination of whether harassment is severe or pervasive enough to be illegal is made on a case-by-case basis.

Our staff will keep you updated regarding the status of our investigation.
To check the status of your complaint access:
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
General manager: Baker Sanders

I have modified this notice to remove the name of the association and to change the link. This notice on the *real* EEOC website indicates this is a phishing scam. If you click on the link you could download a Trojan horse (i.e. a computer virus). For more information read the Oct. 19/07 notice on the EEOC website.

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