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Watching the detectives: A cautionary tale on employee privacy

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by Sonya Rosenberg, Esq.

When it comes to work-related matters, many private-sector employers think that employees’ rights to privacy are limited, if they exist at all. A recent $1.8 million jury verdict should help dispel that myth.

Kathy Lawlor worked as a salesperson at North American Corp. of Illinois, a Chicago-based provider of specialized business services. As Lawlor was negotiating a highly profitable account, North American began to suspect that she was planning to leave the company and take the new account with her. North American initiated an investigation and hired a private detective agency it had used in other matters.

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What happened next reads like a plot of a Hollywood movie. The detective agency obtained Lawlor’s phone records by having someone call her telephone carriers without her knowledge and pretend to be her. Meanwhile, the detective assigned to Lawlor’s case spent con...(register to read more)

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