Can I suemy company for violation of privacy?

I told my boss a personal issue in private and it was told to her that none of my fellow co-workers knew my situation. Minutes later she blurted out bits and pieces of what we discussed in private in front of 2 fellow co-workers.

Asked on October 14, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Almost certainly not, unfortunately. If there was an actual confidentiality of non-disclosure agreement of some kind between you and your boss personally, or you and your company, you could likely enforce it; but an enforceable agreement requires, among other things, what's known as "consideration"--or something for something. That is, you would have had to give up something or give your boss something (an agreement to not sue over some wrong, for example) in order to bind her to the promise and turn it into an enforceable agreement. But a mere promise without consideration is not enforceable; people make promises all the time, every day, which courts cannot and will not enforce.


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