Is there legal recourse for an employee whose social security number was revealed by the employer?

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Is there legal recourse for an employee whose social security number was revealed by the employer?

My 16 year old daughter has just started her 1st job. In an e-mail from her
employer to all employees, there was a list of each employee’s full name,
address, phone numbers, and full social security numbers. My daughter is just
starting out in ‘adult’ life and her social security number and ID is now
compromised and this could affect the rest of her life. Do we have a legal case
to sue the employer?

Asked on April 10, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

You only have a case to sue IF the release of information results in some harm or loss to her, such as identity theft, fraud, someone opening accounts or buying things in her name, etc. If she suffers that, then given such a widespread release and the likelihood it caused or contributed to the harm, you may be able to sue. But the law does not provide compensation for what could or may or might happen--only for what does. There is no lawsuit until and unless harm occurs.


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