Invasion of Privacy

Personal information may be collected at some points during a person's life, but the law specifies the way it may be used. People communicate on a daily basis and may not be aware that information is being collected, but in the course of workers' compensation claims, an employer may try to use it to negatively affect the outcome of your case. It is against the workers' compensation law in some situations to collect or use private information. 

The Coye Law Firm is an experienced workers compensation' law firm, knows the unfair tactics that may be used in a workers' compensation claim, and is dedicated to protecting your rights. Call one of our offices today to protect your personal life from intrusion.

Methods of Invading Privacy

An employee can have their privacy violated in the following ways:
  • their name or likeness may be used by an employer without proper permission
  • the employer may intrude in their personal life or seclusion
  • the employee may be placed before the public, and cast in a "false light"
  • private facts about the employee may be publicly disclosed
If the facts disclosed about the employee are untrue, then they can pursue a claim under defamation. It is not, however, a violation of an employee's privacy to be videotaped or monitored while at work in the course of their duties. The employees need to be made aware of the monitoring and a policy must be established.

Some cases have been brought forth on the basis that genetic testing is an invasion of privacy. A recently passed law now makes it illegal for these tests to be ordered as a condition of insurance coverage or employment. Visit the Genetic Discrimination section to learn more about the recent act regarding this matter.


When Choosing to File a Claim

In order to preserve your claim, make sure to:
  • carefully consider the information you share with a coworker or employer
  • keep track of any paperwork or statements you may have signed that releases personal information
  • know the nature of your employment, such as if you work for a private or public employer

Invasion of privacy is against the law not only in employment, but in many aspects of everyday life. The Bill of Rights of the United States set up a right to privacy in the 4th Amendment . The Florida Constitution also has the right to privacy as a part of the fundamental rights that citizens have. 

Unfortunately, opposing parties in a workers' compensation claim may use invasive or inappropriate tactics to avoid responsibilities. The information listed here is just an introduction to the law and not meant to take the place of an attorney's advice. The workers' compensation lawyers at Coye Law Firm can consult you on what rights you may be waiving in a workers' compensation settlement if you choose to sign one.