Invasion Of Privacy at Work
Have you discovered that your employer has videotaped or photographed you without permission? Have you uncovered secret cameras in an employee bathroom? Has your employer released private information such as tax records, medical information or explicit photos/videos? Were you threatened with the release of such information if you did not perform sexual acts or continue a sexual relationship?
Invasion of privacy is often intertwined with sexual harassment, with one being used to advance the other. If you feel you are being sexually harassed through an invasion of your privacy, it is critical that you not seek just any law firm in the San Francisco Bay Area but one that focuses on representing victims of sexual harassment.
At The Armstrong Law Firm, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of employees who have suffered sexual harassment at the workplace. Whether the illegal conduct was by your boss, fellow co-worker or multiple parties, it is important to know that the law is on your side. You should not have to suffer such an extreme intrusion on your privacy as well as your right to work in a safe environment.
The Armstrong Law Firm represents victims throughout the Bay Area who have been sexually harassed by invasion of privacy. Contact us today for a free case evaluation with one of our invasion of privacy attorneys.
How Invasion Of Privacy Claims Work In California
California recognizes four types of invasion of privacy:
- Unauthorized intrusion into private matters — This involves the intentional intrusion into another person’s private life, seclusion or solitude in such a way that is offensive. This intrusion must have a negative effect on the person.
- Unauthorized public disclosure of private facts — This involves any public disclosure of private information to the public that does not need to be known. A person may have an invasion of privacy claim if that disclosure would be offensive to a reasonable person.
- Misappropriating a person’s name or likeness — This involves someone using a person’s name or likeness for profit.
- Portraying a person in a false light — This involves a person making some sort of public statement about someone else that creates a false impression of who that other individual is. The statement must be something that would be offensive to a reasonable person.
Invasion Of Privacy Can Be A Form Of Sexual Harassment
Invasion of privacy is one of the most damaging types of sexual harassment because it damages a person’s reputation and personal relationships; this can include anything from leaking important and private information in order to coerce you into a sexual relationship or secretly recording you in places that are clearly private — such as the restroom.
Other types of actions that are considered sexual harassment through invasion of privacy include:
- Physically invading your personal space, such as at your work station or desk
- Recording you in the restroom, dressing room or other private area
- Taking your picture without your knowledge and releasing it on the Internet via social media
- Threatening to release confidential information or video/photos of a sexual relationship
- Blackmailing you to conduct sexual acts or engage in a sexual relationship
Invasion Of Privacy In The Workplace
The most common kind of invasion of privacy claim in the workplace is an unauthorized intrusion into private matters. In California, to win an invasion of privacy claim in an employment setting, you must demonstrate that your employer intentionally intruded on a conversation, matter or location where you should have had a reasonable expectation of privacy. In addition, the intrusion has to be more than an annoyance; it has to be offensive to a reasonable person.
Invasion of privacy at work can also be something that depicts a person in a false light. In the workplace, this may include workplace monitoring, stalking, or disseminating damaging rumors about a co-worker to damage his or her reputation.
It is not uncommon for individuals to be reluctant to report invasion of privacy for fear of retaliation at the workplace. You should know there are laws to protect you from workplace retaliation. Our attorneys will guide you through the reporting process and how you can protect yourself from wrongful termination.
For a consultation with a sexual harassment through invasion of privacy lawyer at The Armstrong Law Firm, call 415-692-0462 or contact us online. We handle cases of workplace sexual harassment in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and Marin County.