Federal Employees & Your Right to Privacy

Was Your Privacy Violated While at Work?

As a federal or state employee, your privacy is just as important as with any other career and is protected by the Constitution just as with common workplace employees. There are areas of reasonable privacy and areas of reasonable disclosure (or non-private) when it comes to the workplace. If you believe that your privacy has been violated, it is your right to file a complaint. When you are up against employers, or federal or state management systems, it will be useful to have legal counsel on your side. Our Washington DC attorneys at The Law Firm of John P. Mahoney, Esq., Attorneys at Law, PLLC can help you prepare your case and will represent you with confidence and conviction. You deserve fair treatment, and we can help make sure you get it.

4 Privacy Violations That Are Grounds for Complaint

When your complaint is evaluated, the violation of your privacy will likely fall under one of four categories. The court will examine how you attempted to protect your privacy, what expectation of privacy exists in your specific office or desk arrangement including surveillance measures and security, and the scope of reasonable privacy regarding the circumstances and need for supervision and standardized control in your workplace.

Your privacy may be invaded in these 4 ways:

  1. Undisclosed monitoring: If you employer installed hidden video cameras, especially in areas including the restrooms, this would be considered an invasion of privacy.
  2. Invasion of private life: If your employer uses covert surveillance, hacks into your online social media, or hires a private detective to follow you after hours, and uses the information obtained to fire you or punish you, that is an invasion of privacy.
  3. Deceptive measures: If your employer requires of you to provide more information than originally disclosed, without warning, or requesting that you submit to medical exams, drug tests, or other exams without prior contractual agreement, this may be considered an invasion of privacy.
  4. Confidentiality breach: If your employer obtained information with a promise not to divulge, but then provided it to an external company or potential future employer, then your privacy is violated.

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When you need legal representation that you can rely on to fight for your rights, our Washington DC attorneys are your best choice. We take pride in providing dedicated, skilled advocacy for OSC Complaints, EEOC Complaints, and all of your federal employment questions and concerns. Don’t be intimidated by your employer, or the size of the agency you are up against, let us take on the legal system for you. We know what it takes to get the job done, so you can count on us.

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