Can my employer give out my personal information without my consent?


We are going through a separation. I was checking the answering machine and a voicemail from my place of employment was up there. It was the payroll office returning a call to my spouse not me but to my spouse. I returned the call and ask the payroll person why are you call my spouse that does not work there? They explain they were returning the call because my spouse called them. I told my place of employment not to give my spouse any information about me or my income. She said okay. I also called the Department of Social Service and told them I have not given my spouse my consent on anything and I have not signed my name on any papers to say it’s okay. Weeks later my spouse got mad at me and told me my job had given my income information to them and they gave it to the Department of Social Service and they used my income to help take care of their free insurance. My spouse would not sign the paperwork to help me get insurance. Can I sue all three of them? They conspired together against me…


Typically an employer would not be able to give such information without your consent. However, it is possible that DSS validly looked up your reported wages for legitimate purposes. DSS does have access to reported wage information.

Anna Ayscue

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