What can I do if my employer has lost important documents that contained my social security?

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What can I do if my employer has lost important documents that contained my social security?

I filled out paperwork needed that included my social security. Unfortunately when I receive my paycheck, I did not see the changes made accordingly. When I asked about the change, they unfortunately had lost the paperwork. Important information such as my social security is a large concern for me because of the possibility of identify theft.

Asked on August 23, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

IF you suffer some loss (such as through identify theft) because of your employer's negligence, or unreasonable careless, you may be able to sue the employer for compensation. But if you do not suffer some injury or loss, there is nothing to do--the legal system provides compensation for actual losses, not merely for  the risk or possibility of loss.


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