Does my employer have to give me a copy of the contract I signed?

I just got a promotion and became
salary. I work in Kentucky in a
automotive supplier factory. I asked for
a copy after signing and HR told me
that she couldn’t give me a copy
because it was part of my employee
file. I thought I was entitled to receive a
copy of everything I would ever sign in
my life. Is this legal for HR not to give
me a copy?

Asked on October 22, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Kentucky


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

No, they are not required to give you a copy. Your personnel file and the contents of it may be *about* you but they are not your property: they are the property of your employer, and it is not required by law to share them with you except in the event of litigation (i.e. if there is a lawsuit over the contract or about your employment, whether brought by you or against you, in the course of that lawsuit, you could get this information and copies of the documents).

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