Everyone should feel safe at their workplace, especially since it is where many adults spend much of their time. One aspect of life that many Americans pride themselves on is privacy, especially at work. If you think that you have had your privacy unreasonably invaded at work, you should consider a lawsuit against your employer. Our federal government gives basic privacy employment protections, but there are often other ways your employer will try to take advantage of you.
How Can My Employer Violate My Privacy?
In court, the judge will evaluate your employer’s justification for taking an action to invade your privacy, as well as your reasonable expectations of privacy as an employee. Usually, your best argument will be that you expected that your employer would not search certain areas or take certain actions, based on your employer’s own policies and common sense. To make an even stronger argument you could prove:
- Deception: This could occur if your employer asked you to submit a routine medical exam, but he or she purposefully didn’t mention a drug test. If drugs were found in your urine test, and you were fired, you could argue that you were deceived.
- Violation of confidentiality: If your employer asked you to complete a health questionnaire and assured you that all information you gave would be confidential, but then later divulged this information to another employer or employee, you could argue that this was a breach of confidentiality.
- Intrusive monitoring: Installing any hidden cameras above restroom stalls or any other private areas would be considered inappropriate monitoring.
- Intrusion of your private life: Finally, if you believe that your employer has asked inappropriate questions about your private life that have nothing to do with your job or the company, you could claim that he or she is intruding into your private life.
Our employment law attorneys at Erickson Law Offices, P.C. are experienced in complex employment law issues, including problems related to privacy rights in the workplace. Contact us today for a free consultation if you believe your privacy has been violated.