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I believe my employer has told employees about a medical condition.

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I believe my employer has told employees about a medical condition. Is this legal?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 2 years ago.

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Medical privacy laws unfortunately do not apply to employees. Those laws refer to what medical providers or insurance companies must do to protect the privacy of a patient's information. Anything that you tell to your employer, or physical records that you give him, are not protected.
It is absolutely, 100% inappropriate and unprofessional for your employer to share your medical information with anyone who doesn't strictly need to know for employment reasons. But it's unfortunately not illegal. What you can do, if there is an HR department, is report the violation. Or if there's someone above the person who shared the information, report it to them. The only other recourse is to discuss with your employer creating a policy that will avoid this situation in the future.
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