Can my employer share with my co-workers that they received a request for employment verification

I have applied for a new job but have not finalized things with new potential employer. Current employer received an employment verification request phone call and now all of my co-workers are aware of this even though I did not tell anyone at current employer about this potential new job.

Asked on December 20, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Iowa

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

There is no right to privacy in the workplace regarding such a matter as this. Information that you feel should remain confidential is not your call; it is actually up to your employer to decide as to whetherer or not to disclose it to your co-workers. While somewhat unprofessional to discuss this with fellow employees, a company can legally disclose receiving a request for verification of employment, unless it is prohibited from doing so under the terms of an employment cntract or union agreement.

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

There is no right to privacy in the workplace regarding such a matter as this. Information that you feel should remain confidential is not your call; it is actually up to your employer to decide as to whetherer or not to disclose it to your co-workers. While somewhat unprofessional to discuss this with fellow employees, a company can legally disclose receiving a request for verification of employment, unless it is prohibited from doing so under the terms of an employment cntract or union agreement. 


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