What are my rights if I recently quit my job and someone else accidentally received my separation notice which contained my name and social security number?

I received their notice. I have spoke with the store regarding this matter. They asked me to bring the separation notice back up there and they have contacted the person who received mine and he have agreed to take it back. Due to it being very vital information on the separation notice, is there any legal action that can be taken on the company?

Asked on October 23, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Georgia


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

There is no protection for the terms of the separation agreement--yes, they are typically confidential, but the company is not liable for them getting out. There may be liability for the release of your SSN *if* the person who received it, or someone he passes it on to, uses it to steal from you, create a fake identity, etc. But if no harm comes to you, there is nothing to sue for: the law provides compensation for actual losses, not for hypothetical ones that do not materialize.

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