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    Chattie is offline Junior Member
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    My supervisor told co workers private information

    I am under FMLA, and my supervisor told other co workers why I was on FMLA. This was confidential, yet now it seems it isn't any longer at work. This has me very upset and embarrassed.


    Is there anything I can do about this legally?

    I live and work in Iowa.

    Thank you very much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chattie
    I am under FMLA, and my supervisor told other co workers why I was on FMLA. This was confidential, yet now it seems it isn't any longer at work. This has me very upset and embarrassed.

    Is there anything I can do about this legally?
    There is nothing illegal about telling anyone you are out on an FMLA leave. Your supervisor didn't violate any rights you might believe you have here.
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    You very likely have good reason to go to human resources or your boss's boss and complain about his big mouth. Most employers voluntarily treat personal/medical information about employees as a confidential matter - but your boss hasn't violated any laws.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mlane58
    There is nothing illegal about telling anyone you are out on an FMLA leave. Your supervisor didn't violate any rights you might believe you have here.
    I know there isn't anything wrong with telling anyone that I am on FMLA, but when she disclosed that I was seeing a psychologist, and that is why I am on FMLA, is this a violation?
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    Thank you, Beth

    I know there isn't anything wrong with telling anyone that I am on FMLA, but when she disclosed that I was seeing a psychologist, and that is why I am on FMLA, is this a violation?
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    I know there isn't anything wrong with telling anyone that I am on FMLA, but when she disclosed that I was seeing a psychologist, and that is why I am on FMLA, is this a violation?
    Well it sure would have been nice of you to disclose that up front, but it still doesn't change anything.

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    No, it's not.

    Only medical information your employer may obtain through their group health plan is protected. Anything you tell your employer about your medical status, including providing them doctor's notes, completing FMLA paperwork, STD paperwork, etc. falls in the category of employee records and is not protected.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chattie
    I am under FMLA, and my supervisor told other co workers why I was on FMLA. This was confidential, yet now it seems it isn't any longer at work. This has me very upset and embarrassed.


    Is there anything I can do about this legally?

    I live and work in Iowa.

    Thank you very much.

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    If one makes the mistake of divulging the acutal reason that you are taking FMLA or any medical troubles you may be experiencing, whether applying for leave or not, can that information be used in order to get rid of you?

    I understand that we do not need to give the actual reason (the why part) we are going on FMLA, but how does one handle questions, when they ask why? One can simply say that it's private, but in the real world, we all know that most people do not respect that and will seek to torment you. Unless, I happen to be working at an exceptionally immature company, this must be a problem for a lot of your clients. Do you have advice on how to handle such a situation?

    It may officially be a part of employee records but if they use your medical problems as a reason why they want to get rid of you, does a person have any legal recourse?
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    Substance, a doctor's certification is REQUIRED for FMLA. Otherwise, the employer wouldn't know whether the absence fell under the law or not.
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