CBS News sued a former administrative assistant at its KDKA-TV station in Pittsburgh for unlawfully recording phone calls, reading confidential e-mail and gathering private salary information. The company wants her to give the information back, including an “audio diary” she kept of phone calls for six months.
The employee admitted she “captured” information to build a racial discrimination case against the broadcaster, including salary scales that allegedly show pay discrimination against black employees.
The former employee said managers “shouldn’t leave information lying around” on their desks. (Maybe they should rehire her as an investigative reporter?)
Tip: Remind managers and employees to lock up confidential company info. In this age of identity theft, cybercriminals can use Social Security numbers, birth dates and the like. However, you can’t prohibit employees from discussing working conditions, including salary information. That would violate the National Labor Relations Act, even if you’re a nonunion workplace.
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