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I looked at a payroll document on my employer''s desk. It contained information about salaries, raises, etc. I then, stupidly, shared the information with 2 of my coworkers who told my employer. I know I have invaded his privacy. Is what I did a legally punishable offense? What is the worst case scenario if what I did isn''t just wrong but illegal?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  NOT LEGAL ADVICE! replied 9 years ago.

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As California adheres to the doctrine of at-will employment, your employer may terminate you without cause, including the invasion of privacy of your co-workers. Insofar as a legally punishable offense, your employer would not be able to pursue criminal charges against you because they did not appear to take the necessary precautions to protect the document.

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Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Relist: I still need help.
I wasn't completely truthful with all of the circumstances in my first question. I din't see the payroll information, I took it from his office, looked at it and put it back. He may have hidden video surveillance cameras in his office. Now did I do something illegal?
Expert:  NOT LEGAL ADVICE! replied 9 years ago.

While this is an invasion of privacy, your actions would not be subject to criminal prosecution.