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Have my civil rights be violated (privacy)

Plainwell, MI |

I was just informed that my director gave a co-worker access to my personal file this past summer. These are confidentail files , is it to late to address this with my human resource department . I feel there has been laws broken here..to late to bring charges against this person

Attorney Answers 3


  1. Depends on what the files contained and what damages you sustained. You MAY have a suit against your employer, and or the employee. ZYou'll have to prove a lot more than your assertion that it happened. Not a civil rights issue. See a MI employment attorney ASAP.

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  2. This depends on a number of factors including what records were revealed, to whom and why. And of course, as Attorney Rafter indicated, you need to have some evidence of what happened. Contact a local employment attorney for a consultation. You can search for an attorney on Avvo or contact the National Employment Lawyers Association for a referral.

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  3. A lot depends on if the "co-worker" had authority
    [part of his/her job title or duties] to look at or
    "review" your files. However, if just another worker
    then YES you could have privacy issues violated.
    As far as your "civil rights" being violated we would
    need more info. See: www.contingencyattorneymi.com
    GOOD LUCK!

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