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Georgia Department of Labor communications director Sam Hall told WXIA-TV that the employee has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation into how it happened.
The spreadsheet contained the names, Social Security numbers, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of 4,457 people who had filed for unemployment.
The department has asked all recipients to delete the spreadsheet without reading it, and is offering free credit monitoring services through Equifax to all those affected.
Ralph Corrubia of Acworth, Ga., one of the recipients of the e-mail, told WXIA-TV, "At first I thought it was spam or junk and then when I saw 'Department of Labor,' I saw there was a spreadsheet and I opened it and there was those Social Security numbers."