An employee ask their supervisor not to reveal their current medical condition.The supervisor did not abide by the employees request.

UPDATED: Jul 6, 2009

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An employee ask their supervisor not to reveal their current medical condition.The supervisor did not abide by the employees request.

Did the supervisor violate the employees rights of privacy?

Asked on July 6, 2009 under Employment Labor Law, New York


J.V., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 13 years ago | Contributor

This question is very hard to answer without additional information. Although an employee does have a certain amount of privacy which they can rely on in this type of situation there are also certain times that an employer would have to tell another about the condition.

Another issue is what exactly the condition is. Certain medical conditions carry different standards of privacy as opposed to others. For example that you have the flu would not be subject to possible issues regarding the information being shared but having HIV would.

I suggest contacting a local employment lawyer, provide them the specifics as far as who was told, what they were told etc. At that point the attorney will know whether you have a valid cause of action. And you can always post again with additional information if you would like. Good luck

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