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I did not specifically say I wanted it to be confidential. However, I only included the one faculty member in my message. Is not saying, "I don't want this shared" trump the fact I didn't send it to anybody else? And, do I not have legal protection from the entire campus receiving the communication?
And, yes, I would be seeking litigation against the specific faculty members.
The email was sent for a work email. There has been a heated email chain and debate (which I have) about a new campus policy involving office windows. As a member of the safety committee, I had engaged publicly in the thread to try to quell some of the negativity. Our local union representative, that started the public email chain, emailed me privately, accusing me of being pro-administration, and, by default, anti-faculty. I responded back to her, privately. There were two more private emails after that. Later, another colleague she forwarded our private conversation to not only included the confirmation that this private email had been forwarded by the rep (in the email details), but then this second faculty member forwarded the private conversation to every member on the list serve.
It didn't contain private personal email information, but it did contain my personal point of view on the matter, which, now shared publicly, has caused even more of a reaction directly upon me (in subsequent emails).