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Our Programs Workplace Fairness Can Provide You with Information on Workplace Privacy Issues

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Workplace Fairness Can Provide You with Information on Workplace Privacy Issues

Organization has facts and resources on workplace privacy and surveillance for all employees, employers, employment lawyers and workplace equality advocates

SILVER SPRING, MD (July 14, 2015)   As the boundaries between employees work life and their private life increasingly blur, and with employers more likely than ever to seek out information about their employees, Workplace Fairness provides information on Workplace Privacy. Our newly-updated privacy section is dedicated to various topics regarding privacy rights such as:

  • Invasion of Privacy
  • Drug Testing & Criminal Records
  • Social Networking & Computer Privacy

For employees looking to be hired at a new job, Workplace Fairness can answer frequently asked questions regarding Drug Testing and Criminal Records privacy:

  • How can I check my own criminal records used?
  • Can employers use criminal records in hiring decisions?
  • What process must an employer use to gain access to criminal records?
  • Can employers arrest history in hiring decisions?
  • Can my employer randomly test me for drugs without having reasonable suspicion?
  • How do employers test for drugs?
  • I was involved in an accident and my employer wants me to undergo a drug test, is that legal?

For those employees who are active social media and Internet users, Workplace Fairness also has a section on Social Networking and Computer Privacy that addresses concerns such as:

  • Can an employer ask for my password to look at my social networking and social media usage?
  • Can my employer legally monitor my computer and Internet activities?
  • Can my employer legally monitor my email?

Our Privacy & Workplace Surveillance page provides other important resources as well, covering various topics such as Medical Privacy, Workplace Searches, Surveillance at Work, Off-Duty Conduct, Dress Codes and Grooming and Credit Checks. These topics not only contain frequently asked questions, but also scenarios to help the public better understand real-life situations:

  • I recently disclosed my HIV status to my supervisor to explain why I needed medical leave for doctor's appointments. Is the person I told legally required to keep this information confidential?
  • I have a second job on weekends, which never interferes with my work for my full-time employer. My employer's personnel handbook has a no-moonlighting policy. Can my employer restrict me from working for someone else when it doesn't interfere with my work?
  • I feel that my employer has violated my privacy rights. What can I do?

For a more in depth look at our services, take a look at our full website.

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About Workplace Fairness

Workplace Fairness is a nonprofit organization that provides information, education and assistance to individual workers and their advocates nationwide and promotes public policies that advance employee rights.

Our goals are that workers and their advocates are educated about workplace rights and options for resolving workplace problems and those policymakers, members of the business community and the public at large view the fair treatment of workers as both good business practice and sound public policy.

Workplace Fairness works toward these goals by:

  • making comprehensive information about workers' rights free of legal jargon readily available to workers and to advocates and organizations that assist workers;
  • providing resources to support the work of legal services organizations, community-based organizations, law schools and private attorneys that provide free legal information and services to low-income workers;
  • presenting the employee perspective in publications, policy debates and public discussion.

The award-winning Workplace Fairness website,www.workplacefairness.org, has newly updated information throughout the site, as part of the Web's most comprehensive resource educating workers about their legal rights in the workplace.

Media Contact:
Paula Brantner 
Executive Director 
240-772-1205
paula@workplacefairness.org
www.workplacefairness.org