Q: I recently quit my job and filled out separation papers on my last day. My former boss apparently shared my answers.
I was texting with a former co-worker about it later that night and he said through text that they had openly shared some of my written answers with other employees and were laughing about what I had said. This is confidential information, right? Do I have any kind of case here?
A: Let's say that you hypothetically had a case of action due to some form of breach of confidentiality claim - the question to ask is what that case would be worth. The best way to answer that question is to determine how sensitive the information was and whether it was subject to some form of right of privacy. Did the boss disclose that you have a medical condition that was previously disclosed confidentially? That may be something. Did the boss disclose that you said you did not like the company? That's unlikely to give rise to a lawsuit, especially one worth pursuing.
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