Can I sue an employer for releasing my drug screen info to someone at a local store who then told a person who knew my mom and that’s how it got to my parents?

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Can I sue an employer for releasing my drug screen info to someone at a local store who then told a person who knew my mom and that’s how it got to my parents?

I messed up and smoked 3 weeks prior to testing and failed but this was a mistake and I take responsiblity for it. How about the employer? I want to sue him.

Asked on June 29, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

What exactly are you suing for? For telling the truth? Because it is true, it is not defamation. It *may* be an invasion of your privacy, but then the next issue is, apart from upsetting you and/or your mother, how were you injured? The law does not provide monetary compensation for being upset, so unless the release of information hurt you in some concrete, quantifiable way (like costing you another job or job opportunity), you would most likely not be able to recover enough money to make a lawsuit worthwhile.


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