Is it wrong for auditors to tell evaluation to the manager when they stated it was confidential?

Asked over 1 year ago - El Monte, CA

Auditors came in the store to observe the work environment and to see if we set the standards. In the end, they gave us an evaluation for our manager's performance. They said it was confidential. They told our manager the results and specifically told her about the evaluation ratings and comments from each individual, even when they said it was confidential. Now our manager is starting to take it personal and point out each individual.

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  1. Daniel Michael Holzman


    Contributor Level 15


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    Answered . If you told the auditor that your manager was discriminating against you or others and your manager retaliated against you then it may be illegal retaliation. Or if you reported illegal behavior in the workplace then it might be illegal retaliation. However, If you told the auditor that your manager was not a good manager then it probably is unfair to discuss what you said but may not be illegal.

  2. Michael Robert Kirschbaum

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . Is it wrong? Yes. Was it smart? No. But is it illegal? No. There is no legally protectable right to confidentiality under the circumstances you describe. Try to work these issues out with the assistance of human resources. It may be the only avenue of recourse you have.

    They say you get what you pay for, and this response is free, so take it for what it is worth. This is my opinion... more
  3. Sagar P. Parikh

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . It was wrong, but probably not illegal.

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