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Ely, Counselor at Law
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Experience:  Years of experience in running a medium sized law firm.
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Can my manager tell another employee personal information

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can my manager tell another employee personal information about me the manager does not know I know the employee is a friend and told me , If an employer hires me after a background check and I pass and he googles me and finds something that happened before I was hired and never ask me does he have the right to fire me
JA: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: Chicago il.60612
JA: Is the employment agreement "at will," union, full time or part time?
Customer: non union full time I am a certified sterile processing tech I work at rush hospital
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: just what can be done to save my job
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  Ely replied 9 months ago.

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That depends on the situation. What kind of personal information was disclosed, exactly?

This is not an answer, but an information request. I need this information to answer your question. Please reply, so I can answer your question. Thank you in advance.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
That i had a previous criminal background i have an excutive clemenacy but google shows it this is all before i was hired
Expert:  Ely replied 9 months ago.
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On this website, I do not always get to give good news, and this is one of these times.
There is no law that states that a manager/superior cannot share a criminal background information with someone else - another employee or otherwise. However, there is a subjective cause of action for this under INVASION OF PRIVACY - DISCLOSURE OF PRIVATE FACTS. This is when legal action may be taken if an individual publicly reveals truthful information that is not of public concern and which a reasonable person would find offensive if made public. If the Judge/Jury agrees that this information is not of public concern and which a reasonable person would find offensive if made public, then the person (and the company) can be held liable.
The problem is proving that the information is not of public concern and which a reasonable person would find offensive if made public - this is highly subjective and is on a case by case basis! Add to this it is already public (since it is online), which makes the case harder to civilly prosecute.
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Expert:  Ely replied 9 months ago.
Hello again. This is a courtesy check in to see if you needed anything else in regards ***** ***** question because you never responded or replied positively. I am simply touching base. Let me know. Thanks!