Can my employer distribute my personal cell phone number to other employees and administrators without my prior knowledge or consent?

My employer put together a list which includes our personal cell phone numbers. We are union health care employees and are not “on call” outside of our 8 hour days. We were never told this list was being put together or being distributed throughout the facility which has over 1500 employees. Besides my immediate supervisor, I am not okay with various individuals having access to my personal cell number. Are they allowed to do this?

Asked on August 18, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, New York


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Yes, your employer is allowed to do this:

1) There is no legitimate privacy expectation in phone numbers: anyone who knows your number may give it out.

2) Employers may make it a requirement or condition of employment that phone numbers be distributed.

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