(Closed) Did I Really Breach Confidentiality?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 4
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4313 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

No.  Unless you signed an agreement, there is no confidentiality to breach.  Thus, your boss is a giant moron.

 

Post # 5
Member
527 posts
Busy bee

Oh gosh, that sounds ridiculous!  You can tell people who a new worker is…geez!! 

Post # 6
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4439 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@CherryWaves:  Yikes what a nightmare!  I’ve worked somehwere like that where they’re just trying to get you into trouble as much as possible and I feel for you.

 

No, I don’t think you breached confidentiality, like you said you did not say who paid the new employee and it’s natural for people to be curious.  You weren’t even gossiping about it, just pointed out the facts.  

 

I would ask your boss what kind of questions you can and cannot answer to passive-agressively point out how stupid that argument was!

Post # 7
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2651 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I am going to go with no. Confidentiality  tends to apply to clients and data collection.

I have never heard of a place where who works there is confidential form other people who work there, i can see it being confidential to people outside of the office but inter-office? no chance.

Post # 8
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3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

You probably didn’t have to say that she was there on a Income Assistance program, indicating she was low income.  But other than that – unless your boss told you it was confidential, it’s her fault for telling it to you. 

Post # 9
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1333 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@CherryWaves:  If you apologized, then your boss should have STOPPED instigating a fight!  Get over it, and move on!!

As far as breaching confidentiality, no, as a PP stated, unless there is a contract of sort in place, then information is not ‘beached’ – ie, she exaggerated her point.

However, did you perhaps divulge to much info to another employee?!  Maybe.  I suppose a ‘better’ response would have been telling her that she is doing your work in the afternoon while you are not there is sufficient enough.  Not why, or how, or anything like that.  And of course, had their been further questions, then asking her to ask your boss is ‘better’.

Your boss definitely made a mountain out of a mole hill though!

Post # 10
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1572 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Definitely doesn’t sound like confidentiality was breeched, but it does sound like your boss is an idiot. People have a right to know who new people are who they may be working with.

@almostmrsj:  +1

Post # 11
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525 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Unless you were told specificially not to say anything about this girl, then I don’t think you broke any confidentiality.  They have to first let you KNOW if information is confidential for you to breach it.

What other coworkers are saying/asking about you now being part-time though really isn’t your fault at all.

Post # 12
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1846 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@almostmrsj:  I think the issue is that you mentioned she was from income assistance.

Post # 14
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2605 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@CherryWaves:  While I think its riduculous to treat a new employee like a big secret you may have crossed a line by revealing that she was there through an income assistance program.  I’m not even sure what that is but its possible that’s her (the employees) personal information and not something she wants known by peers/non-supervisors. 

Post # 15
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1583 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@CherryWaves:  Whether or not you breached confidentiality, I probably would not have mentioned that the girl was there through income assistance. That can be a really touchy subject for some people and I would try to keep that detail to myself going forward. With the rest, it sounds like your boss is overreacting.

Post # 16
Hostess
2556 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

No.  Your boss sounds crazy.

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