Most companies don't spend a lot of time worrying about their employees' privacy rights. But they should.
Consider this: Privacy lawsuits jumped 300 percent in the past 10 years, according to the Professional Liability Underwriting Society. And as federal and state lawmakers continue to push legislation expanding individual privacy protections, you'll surely see more invasion of privacy claims at U.S. workplaces.
The notion of "privacy" typically means e-mail policies or the strict privacy provisions of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. But there are other, everyday individual privacy issues that can be more easily overlooked.
4 ways you invite a privacy claim
Under common-law principles, an invasion of privacy complaint can fall under one of four distinct "torts," or legal wrongs. To sue successfully for invasion of privacy, a worker has to prove only one, not all four. Here's a rundown of t...(register to read more)
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