I have a friend that was terminated from the same company that we work for. An investigation was launched and HR contacted me. I was assured that everything that I said would be kept confidential and that my name would not be mentioned. I admitted to something that violated company policy. At the end of the interview, she told me that she would have to turn it over to HR and that I might possibly get fired. I only shared the information because she promised me it would be kept extremely confidential.
Confidential means that it will be kept by the company. HR is an arm of the company...it can't keep information confidential from itself. What this means is they would not tell other employees or outside entities about what you said.
If you were explicitly told by HR that they would not tell management or supervisors about your statements AND you have it in writting that they explicitly said this, you might have claims. Otherwise, unfortunately, no.
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