Havelock, NC asked in Employment Law for North Carolina

Q: Is it a hipaa violation for my employer to post my excused doctors note for everyone to see?

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N'kia (NLN)
N'kia (NLN)
  • Cary, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: HIPAA applies to certain "covered" entities. Covered entities typically operate in the medical field or support other entities that operate in the medical field. But unless an employer is a covered entity, HIPAA doesn't apply. Also, when a covered entity violates HIPAA, it doesn't really give the affected employee the right to sue the employer. But the employer might face some pretty hefty government fines and other consequences.

Even if HIPAA doesn't apply, certain actions by an employer could violate other privacy-related laws. If you believe your employer has violated your privacy rights, you should speak with a knowledgeable attorney who can help you evaluate your options.

Good luck!

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