Can I sue my boss for sharing my personal information with another employer?

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Can I sue my boss for sharing my personal information with another employer?

I work for a school, Employer A, that houses another company, Employer B, within the same building. I also work for the other company. So basically both of my bosses are in the same building but I work for different companies. A boss with Employer B shared with a boss of Employer A confidential background check information without my consent. I found out from Employer A; Employer B has

not discussed the information with me. I feel like my confidentiality has been breached. Should I get a lawyer?

Asked on June 24, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No, you can't sue them for this. The background check of you is not actually confidential in a legal sense, the way certain health-related information, your social security number, or your bank account number are. The background check is done using publically available information or sources; as such, it may be shared with anyone, since anyone could do their own check of those sources if they wanted. Anything derived from public records or sources is not confidential.


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