What to do if I was recently suspended from work for a week due to alcohol use and upon returning to work found that everyone in the company knows of my problem?

This has made it a very uncomfortable environment for me. I can hear the comments in the background. I have been with the company for 13 years. Is this proper business technique for HR to inform everyone of my problem? This is very embarrassing.

Asked on December 11, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania


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

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You could sue the company for invasion of privacy.  One type of invasion of privacy which is applicable is the public disclosure of private facts.  Your damages (monetary compensation you are seeking in your lawsuit for invasion of privacy) would include mental distress, physical illness, and harm to your business or social interests.  Punitive damages (a substantial amount) can be awarded upon proof of a wrongful motive on the part of the company in releasing your personal information.

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