Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.
I was informed that my employer told a co-worker of mine that “I must be sad/mad that she is pregnant because I cannot have any kids.” Three years ago, I disclosed in private to my employer that I will be having surgery regarding my reproductive organs due to a recent illness. Never once did I say I could not have kids. Is there anything I can do?
Can you prove that your employer released this private information or it just supposition on your part? Are you a federal employee? Was the information contained in an official agency record? The answers to these questions may reveal a potential violation of the Privacy Act.
Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.
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