My employer disclosed information about my medical status to others in the company. I found it in an email. What can I do?

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My employer disclosed information about my medical status to others in the company. I found it in an email. What can I do?

I have been dealing with depression and anxiety and have intermittent FMLA.
Today I found an email from my boss to others in the company that I am mentally
unstable and they were right to ‘get rid of me’. I recently was demoted and my
pay and hours cut. Is there anything I can do about this?

Asked on August 20, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

The are several different possible causes of action or claims, such as:
1) Disability-based discrimination or harassment--employee may not harass or discriminate against employees to mental conditions, but must rather make "reasonable accommodations" if the employee requests them.
2) Defamation, if anything in the communication they sent out about you is untrue.
3) Violation of your privacy rights.
It would be worth your time to consult with an employment law attorney, since you may be entitled to compensation.


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