Co workers at work are telling my personal business at work that I am being investigated what can I do to both supervisor are in with them who can I call for help
State/Country relating to question: Georgia
Nothing I over hear some of things they are saying when I ask a question about it they laugh or go into another room
Thank you for your question today, I look forward to assisting you. I bring nearly 20 years of legal experience in various disciplines.To really understand your question here, I'll need a bit more information.When you say that they are talking about your personal business, what do you mean? Are they making false statements about you?Do you believe that they are making these statements as a form of harassment based on your race, religion, gender, age, disability or FMLA use?
I work for the federal government supervisor tell other coworker about my investigation and every one else knows the status of the investigation except me
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Unfortunately, that is not illegal. The status of a work place investigation has no legal confidentiality attached to it. While it is certainly unprofessional to share the status of these sorts of investigations, there is no law specifically against it.
For this to be an illegal action, the supervisor would have to be making false statements concerning the investigation (like saying that they have proof you stole something, when that is not true), which would make the statements Defamation of Character. You could then sue for personal injury based on the damage to your reputation caused by the false statements.
It could also be illegal if the reason for sharing the information (which is not, in and of itself illegal) is really harassment based on your race, religion, gender, age or disability. An legal act can become illegal if it is used as a form of illegal harassment. You would approach the EEOC to have this issue investigated, if you have any reason to believe one of these factors to be the motivation for the sharing of the information.
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