What to do if I walked out on a company 3 years ago and they are still using my pictures for advertising?

About 3 years ago I walked out on the company I was working for. It has been 3 years an they are still using my pictures an info for their internet advertising. since im no longer on there pay role, can they legally use me an without payment. It was my understanding that once I left my total employment, they could no longer use me for potential business profits.

Asked on July 5, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Arizona


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You can sue the company for invasion of privacy.  One type of invasion of privacy is the appropriation of your name or likeness for commercial purposes without your consent.

Your damages (the amount of compensation you are seeking in your lawsuit) for invasion of privacy may include mental distress, harm to your social or business interests, and if applicable, physical illness. 

In order to be awarded punitive damages ( a substantial amount to punish the defendant), a wrongful motive on the part of the defendant must be shown.

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