My supervisor disclosed false personal information about me to my physician. Is this defamation or a violation of privacy law?

I work for a nonprofit health care provider serving individuals with chronic diseases including substance use disorders. I am in recovery. My supervisor, who knows my substance use history, went out and got drunk with me at a conference. My supervisor then asked me to keep quiet about the situation and threatened if I spoke about it I could lose my job. Then my supervisor told my primary care doctor a dishonest account of the situation (leaving out that she participated in drinking with me) without my permission. I believe she did this to try to cover herself because her actions were unethical. Did my supervisor break my privacy rights and is this defamation. There's more detail to the story including 3rd party accounts of the events that support my version of the incident. but this is the short version.

1 answer  |  asked Nov 7, 2018 8:17 PM [EST]  |  applies to New York

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V Jonas Urba
The ADA and FRA protect persons who once were addicted to drugs or alcohol but no longer are.

Dont think that off the job conduct can not be used against you. Often times employees do and say things off hours and get fired.

Were you fired or demoted? What are your damages?

If this is not a good fit find a new job fast. Why would you want to raise that issue unless you suffered monetary loss because of it?

Do you have another job lined up and if so why are you still at the one which sounds like a poor fit for someone in recovery? Is your boss trying to get you fired?

posted by V Jonas Urba  |  Nov 7, 2018 8:33 PM [EST]

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