United States Employment Privacy Rights  

Most states acknowledge an employees privacy rights which the employer must not invade. Even federal and state laws provide protection to employees against invasion of privacy by employers.

Let us understand how government and private employees have a right to privacy. Private sector employees are less privileged in having the right to privacy. Some states recognize legitimate privacy for private sector employees. However, employers can still monitor the employee or search for his or her belongings as there is no such guarantee of protection in such cases.

Government employees enjoy any privilege regarding privacy rights. The United States Constitution prohibits federal, state, or local governments from conducting any non-reasonable seizures or searches. But if an employer has a genuine reason, he can conduct a search or inquire.

There are basically four factors covered by courts which have created a standard law allowing employees to sue the employer for invasion of privacy. These are:

  • An employee has the right to sue an employer if the employer discloses information about his or her personal affairs.
  • There should be no unwanted or unreasonable intrusion into an employee's personal space.
  • If the employer releases misleading or inaccurate information publicly causing defamation, the employee has the right to sue the employer.
  • If an employer misuses the name of the employee without proper consent, the employee has the right to sue the employer.
                                                                                                              Federal and state laws also prohibit from using certain types of background records. It is the responsibility of the employer to ask for an applicant’s written permission for the background check in advance. Employees have the right to privacy regarding personal matters and the employer has no right to interfere into an applicant or employee’s personal affairs.

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