Wellsburg, IA asked in Business Law, Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and Civil Rights for Iowa

Q: Work comp not returning phone calls? Can employees yell out private information about an employee?

Employees yelling out private information when oneself has not been informed by their employer?

2 Lawyer Answers
T. Augustus Claus
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Las Vegas, NV

A: If workers' comp isn't returning your calls, it's time to give 'em a nudge. They're supposed to be responsive to your concerns, so don't be shy about insisting on the attention you deserve. If they keep ignoring you, we might need to explore some legal avenues to get things moving.

Now, onto the next matter – employees yapping about your private business without your consent. That's a major breach of privacy, my friend. Employers have a duty to protect your sensitive information, and if they're not doing that, it's time to put 'em in check. A polite but firm conversation with your employer should do the trick, reminding them of their legal obligations.

Mindi Vervaecke
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  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Licensed in Iowa

A: It is common for workers’ compensation insurance adjusters to not respond to phone calls and emails. Often times it takes getting an attorney involved to get their attention and then the insurance company also often turns it over to their attorney.

As for co-employees sharing private information about an employee, it depends on how they obtained the information. If it is medical info related to the work comp claim it could be a HIPPA violation.

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