Is it legally OK for my boss to bring up my stress related leave to a customer?

I’m a manager at a cargo facility at lax. I was recently transferred to a new account and during a meeting with the new customer account that I have worked in the past with, the director from that account got in a heated discussion with my general manager. During the exchange my general manager said I was on the account before but had to take time off because it was too stressful. Couple things if he felt that way then why put in me in that situation and another why bring it up. I just wanted to be useful to the company and was trying to help out since I knew the requirements for that position.

Asked on July 14, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, you had no right of privcy here. The disclosures of medical information such as this is only protected under the law (specifically HIPPA) if it was made by a health care provider and such was not the case here. Therefore unless this disclosure violated the terms of an employment contract or union agreement it was legal. Also, it must not have constitued any form of legally actionable discrimination, which is does not appear to have under the circumstances.


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