Is a company liable for carelessly exposing social security numbers of job applicants?
Question Details: On the first day of training for a new job, I was handed a page which on the opposite side was a job application with a recent applicants name, social security number, birthday and address. When I complained to the account manager, he claimed he didnt notice it. I quit soon after because I did not like the account manager's unprofessional attitude. I wanted to pick up my final paycheck but it was mailed instead and lost in the mail. The company claims I have to wait 30 days for a replacement. I believe the account manager retaliated because I quit and complained about the SSN's being exposed. What can I do to protect the ID's of those whose SS were exposed?
You can't do anything to protect them, other than (if you remember who they are) let them know to potentially keep an eye out for identity fraud due to the way their SSNs were handled. There is no punishment for an employer accidently giving out a paper to an employee with another employee's SSN on it. The law is not as draconian as to punish companies for minor (e.g. one person) slips in document handling (and there are not nearly enough recourse in government agencies to look into or take action about cases like this).