Anaheim, CA asked in Workers' Compensation and Health Care Law for California

Q: Can HR advise my boss about my potential workman’s comp case before I have opened a claim or spoken to me

I was speaking to HR they advised the WC dept who in turn emailed me and copied my boss but I did not file the claim yet nor had I even spoken to them about it so now this person advised my boss about my mental health issues that I was privately discussing with HR

1 Lawyer Answer
Nancy J. Wallace
Nancy J. Wallace
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Grand Terrace, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Conversations with HR can (and should) eventually include your supervisor. If you are having mental health challenges and you alerted Human Resources, HR is required by the corporation to alert supervisors (and likely Risk Management). Human Resources staffers are NOT Priests or Doctors or Lawyers. HR should not broadcast medical conditions offered in privacy to the general population, but they don't have to keep notifications about mental health challenges a secret from the boss either.

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