Thank you for your reply, I apologize but your latest response was not indicated in your original question that you wanted only an opinion about the strength of your case as you stated you were looking for an attorney. Please forgive me for not knowing quite what you were looking for and as I am providing information to you for educational purposes, please use "reply" in order to communicate back and forth if you have additional information or questions you may want.
Based on the minimal facts above that you provided I see a few things. If MetLife is the insurer and this is a workers compensation
accident claim, they do have the right as part of the workers compensation documents you signed to disclose information about your health information related only to the work related injury to the employer. If they have no signed release as part of all of the workers compensation documents you signed then it could be a HIPAA violation, but there is no private right to sue under HIPAA and the US Department of Health and Hospitals is the sole agency with right and power to investigate a HIPAA claim against the insurer.
IL has very strict laws about recording phone calls and if they violated those laws, you can consider trying to report this to your State's Attorney or the Attorney General's office for investigation of them violating state law. Additionally, this can be grounds for suing the company for invasion of privacy
As far as the strength of your age discrimination
claim, it worries me that you say that this conduct is "I think" because of your age. "I think" does not work in the EEOC
or in court I am afraid. You are going to have to present actual evidence that the reason your work is being scrutinized and no other employee's work is being similarly scrutinized is ONLY because of your age/race/sex/disability OR in retaliation
because you cooperated in that prior suit against the employer. You have to come up with some evidence though to show one of these grounds are the reasons for the conduct.
It might be that whatever comment you made on the phone to the insurer may be the reason for the conduct towards you and in that case it could be more your case against the insurer for illegally recording phone calls and also for violating your privacy in disclosing the information to the employer. If that is the case then your strongest case may be against the insurer and not your employer and that evidence has to be better evaluated in person together with your evidence showing it is only your age or retaliation for the lawsuit cooperation (which it sounds like you might have a better chance in arguing depending on your evidence) to see how far you can go with the discrimination
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