Someone at work accessed my file to contact me outside of work…

posted 2 years ago in Career
Post # 2
8409 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Ughh so creepy! I’d go to her boss AND hr. So inappropriate on so many levels.

Post # 3
2918 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2006

I don’t know about illegal, but more than likely against company policy. She could most definitely be written up, and maybe even terminated. I would think personnel files have sensitive info like pay scale (in my office if you even tell another employee what you make, you’re fired, so this would fall into that category) and any kind of verbal/written warnings etc. Not to say you have those, but it should still be confidential. I’ve used my employees files to contact people before, but I was also their direct supervisor and had access to this info. Also never used it unless it was life or death. To me, that’s a bigger issue is that it could’ve waited until the following work day. I don’t think it’s worth reporting simply because I couldn’t have a termination on my conscience if it came to that. 

Post # 4
47430 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would report the incident to HR. I doubt she will be fired for a first offense, and if it’s not her first offense and she is fired, that would be her fault, nothing to be on your conscience.

Post # 5
3086 posts
Sugar bee

This likely isn’t anywhere close to being illegal. Let HR know if you’re that bothered about it. But it’s really not a big deal.

Post # 8
8409 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

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loonylunalovegood :  Yeah I’m a bit surprised that other people aren’t bothered by a book keeper digging up their personal info, calling/texting/emailing outside of work and pretending its something urgent. 

I have access to my departments full info, but I would have my ass handed to me if I called up someone on their personal cell for something. 

Post # 9
1069 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - -

What the fuuuuuu!!! I don’t think this is okay AT ALL. I don’t know anything regarding the legality, but I feel like this is an abuse of her position’s privileges. A message to your work email should have sufficed.

I actually probably would mention to HR that you don’t want work sent through personal communications, not on the clock, and then I would never respond to those initiations if this happens again.

Post # 12
7564 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

This is illegal in Europe and will be illegal in California soon, due to new personal data privacy laws. I believe Massachusetts and Delaware are going to have new data privacy laws up for debate soon too. You should report this so the accountant can be re-trained, along with whatever other action your employer wants to take.

Post # 13
1664 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

Yeeeahhhh naaaahhh you can’t do that hey. Seeking out then using someone’s personal info? Nuh uh.

Post # 14
1943 posts
Buzzing bee

This is so inappropriate. I would absolutely let your boss know. 100% abusing her privileges. 

Post # 15
10 posts

I think you should tell her first that you don’t wish to be contacted outside of work and the next time you will report her to HR. I think it would be too high handed and arsy of you to report to HR directly behind her back. It could have been an honest mistake and especially as you are in a small organisation it probably works differently to larger organisations. 

In this case I think your making a mountain of a molehill and just being super arsy reporting someone who is enthusiastic about her job to HR. 

This is not just about the law but also tells your boss and coworkers around you about your communication skills and how you as a person handle issues. 

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