I was absent from work for two days, both days I called out sick. When I came back to work I provided my immediate supervisor with a doctors note. Without my knowledge or approval he showed my union steward a copy of it. The reason I know this is because my steward was not present when I presented the note and later he came to me joking about the reason I was sick. He also quoted the note verbatim.
It is not a HIPAA violation since your supervisor and employer is not a health care provider and HIPAA does not govern that type of disclosure. Now it may be a private personnel matter and there may be rules in your company about that disclosure.
Another issue is whether the union steward was representing you or your interests and had authority.
So no HIPAA violation but look to see if some other violation of your privacy such as employee privacy in personnel records. Good luck.
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