Is it illegal for an employer to show an employees personal financial information to customers in their establishment?

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Is it illegal for an employer to show an employees personal financial information to customers in their establishment?

A fellow employee was terminated after telling our boss that showing people our personal info was wrong and frankly, nobody’s business. This employee was berated, called names, and told to get out. After this employee left the building the employer marched around declaring he was “The King” and continued to show and discuss our personal financial info with customers.

Asked on January 8, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan

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MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

I am not sure what sort of personal financial information and what type of establishment this is, but ultimately this could at the very least be considered an invasion of privacy. If you would expect a reasonable expectation of privacy in your personal financial information and this has nothing to do with your work with clients or customers, then this person is violating the law pure and simple and not only could it be a civil litigation matter but it could violate several labor laws, including workplace harassment and creating a hostile working condition. If you have proof of what this person is doing and may have the consumers on your side, I say contact the state labor department and also a private attorney. If this is a chain, contact corporate. You cannot be fired in retaliation and further many states have good whistleblower statutes that may apply.


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