My manager sent me a picture of my opened W2 form on Facebook.

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My manager sent me a picture of my opened W2 form on Facebook.

I recently moved 4 hours away from my previous work place so I couldn’t pick up my W2’s. I had messaged and called the store multiple times to try and update my address but it seemed like I wasn’t getting anywhere. One manager said he was going to email it to me which I assumed was going to be a link to the companies website or something. I never got the email after a

week, so I was planning a trip to go pick the document up myself. Ugh. Well one of my managers just sent me a photo of my opened W2 to me on Facebook messenger. I told him to rip it up and delete all photos of it. This is illegal right?

Asked on February 5, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Virginia


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No, he should not have done this. But there is nothing you can do about it unless you suffer some loss (such as from identity theft or fraud) that you can reasonably show is linked to how your W2 was sent to you. The law only provides compensation for actual losses, injuries, or damage you suffer; if this did not harm you in some way, you would not get any compensation, making legal action pointless.

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