Can I sue a company for my boss telling my co-workers about my suicide attempt?

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Can I sue a company for my boss telling my co-workers about my suicide attempt?

I recently attempted suicide. Afterwards I was pressed to return to work. Upon my return, I had a co-worker approach me about it but I didn’t tell my boss that it was okay to tell anyone. I felt so uncomfortable that I quit the next day. Do I have grounds for a case?

Asked on September 8, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Minnesota

Answers:

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Actually, there is no right to privacy in the workplace. This includes divulging a co-worker's suicide attempt. So unless your treatment violates the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, you have no claim here. The fact is that a company can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination).

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Actually, there is no right to privacy in the workplace. This includes divulging a co-worker's suicide attempt. So unless your treatment violates the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, you have no claim here. The fact is that a company can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). 


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