Is it legal if an employee at a company disclosed information to me that was negative in nature about what happened in another employee’s performance review?

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Is it legal if an employee at a company disclosed information to me that was negative in nature about what happened in another employee’s performance review?

She heard this info from a manager. Is performance review information protected as confidential?

Asked on September 29, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Minnesota

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

There is no law against this. However, it may well be against company policy. If not, then while unprofessional, it is legal. The fact is that there is less of an "expectation of privacy" in the workplace.
Note If in the review certain medical information was for some reason revealed, then such a disclosure may have constituted a violation of HIPPA.


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