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Old 05-08-2019, 03:06 PM
 
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How would you feel if your principal told other staff members some of your medical information without your consent? Would your thoughts change depending on who they told (teachers vs office staff vs other so-called “administrators”)?


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My husband and son both work in health care. Your HIPPA rights have been violated, in healthcare grounds for termination. I’m assuming you’ve shared something of your personal history with administration, but under no circumstances should it have been shared with others. I’m not a “call the union” kind of person, but I think you have cause.
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Old 05-08-2019, 03:32 PM
 
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Totally agree with the previous poster. I would be horrified and angry.
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I would be upset
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and I would talk to my union representative. I know some PT members don't like unions but it is situations like this where they can really help. It is so difficult to confront an administrator about something they did that is just wrong. A union rep. would be able to address this for you.
Your P needs to know how wrong it is.

https://www.workplacefairness.org/me...cy-workplace#2
#2 and # 18 explain this.
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Old 05-08-2019, 04:34 PM
 
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I would be furious!! Talk to your union.


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Old 05-08-2019, 05:57 PM
 
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I’m a huge union person, but I’d actually be calling HR. I know not everyone has a union but everyone has an HR rep.

This is not only grounds for termination but grounds to sue.
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Old 05-08-2019, 06:29 PM
 
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Oh hell yes your rights have been violated. Go directly to HR without passing go and file a grievance . If that doesn’t work, follow the chain of command to Superintendent, and then government offices.
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Thanks everyone! The problem is that I’m at a small (public) charter school. We do not have unions in my state. My principal is not only the principal but she’s considered our superintendent and our HR person. She’s also a great manipulator and will flat out lie to make it look like hasn’t done anything wrong. Our board backs her completely so I don’t really have any recourse.

Thank you for validating my frustration and anger.
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Old 05-08-2019, 07:23 PM
 
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Well, it kind of depends on what it was, honestly.

If it is something I had told my admin, then I’d not necessarily expect it to be kept from other admin. If they had it as part of my employee records, I’d expect them to follow the same rules as they do for all records. Need to know.

And some things I’d kind of need to have out there. I think they need to know I’m diabetic, for example.

I didn’t think HIPPA extended to employers?
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HIPPA only applies to medical professionals. What their admin did was a horrible violation of privacy, but it's not legally actionable under HIPPA.


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Depends. If they tell the other people that I'm out sick due to Influenza B, whatever. If they tell other people intimate details of my colonoscopy, I'm going to be pretty unhappy. HIPPA doesn't apply unless your doctor is also your administrator/secretary/whoever told the information.

Why not just go to the person and tell them that you're upset? Then learn from it. Don't share medical information with them. Ask the doctor to write their notes more vaguely: "SoAndSo has been seen in my office. He can return to work on 6/14."
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Old 05-09-2019, 11:33 AM
 
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I'd be angry no matter who they told without my permission. I would be angry enough that I would consult a lawyer. Since you don't have access to a union lawyer, you'd have to go with your own personal lawyer.

If it's not that big of deal to you, just let them know that you don't appreciate it and don't give them any more medical information.
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Old 05-09-2019, 01:14 PM
 
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I am assuming you know with whom your administrator shared your health info.

After speaking with your administrator and demanding he/she shut up, I would also speak with those people to let them know your administrator should not have shared your health info and you would appreciate it if they did not share it either.
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Where they asking for prayers for you? My administration would say so and so has a medical need and is in need of prayers.
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Old 05-09-2019, 03:20 PM
 
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Tsy2013, I still wouldn’t be ok with that. They don’t have the right to do that. If I wanted people knowing my business/praying for me I’d ask for it.

Years ago I worked in a district that told colleagues that people who were terminated would need “extra support”. Everyone knew that meant they had just been fired. It’s the same thing. They violated the law by sharing the information without sharing the information. Ridiculous.
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Old 05-09-2019, 03:54 PM
 
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I 100% welcome any prayer, what can happen something changes for the good?
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Old 05-09-2019, 06:30 PM
 
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I 100% welcome any prayer, what can happen something changes for the good?
Prayer or not, other people don't get to share your private information.

Your stance on this is why I often call prayer requests "justified gossip for Christians."
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Old 05-10-2019, 02:45 PM
 
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It happened to me (small Cathokuc school, no super, no union, no HR) and I was furious. You have every right to be upset. I had no one to complain to but it seems you might. I would definitely go up the chain of command.
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I 100% welcome any prayer, what can happen something changes for the good?
Um, a person's privacy can be violated. Surely you understand that not everyone appreciates "prayer" being used as an excuse to gossip. I teach in a Catholic school where we can safely assume that everyone believes in the power of prayer but we also believe in respecting people's privacy.

And, if you're not in a parochial school then it's even more arrogant to assume that everyone will appreciate having their privacy violated in the name of prayer. Even if they are openly talking about their medical issue, I don't stand around sanctimoniously offering prayer if it's not requested. I may privately offer up a prayer on their behalf but I won't use their illness as an excuse to push my beliefs on them.
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Old 05-11-2019, 09:17 AM
 
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And, if you're not in a parochial school then it's even more arrogant to assume that everyone will appreciate having their privacy violated in the name of prayer. Even if they are openly talking about their medical issue, I don't stand around sanctimoniously offering prayer if it's not requested. I may privately offer up a prayer on their behalf but I won't use their illness as an excuse to push my beliefs on them.
Tori, thank you for this. I have finally come to a place where I accept the intention even if I don't appreciate the act, if that makes any sense?
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