Can an employer share an employee’s wage and bonus information with a customer?

Steve Duggan replies:

Generally, the answer would be “no.” Compensation, including wages, benefits and bonuses, are confidential information to that employee. However, I can envision some circumstances where the employer could do that for a legitimate business reason, such as if the business was being purchased. However, employers usually provide notice in such circumstances before disclosing the information. If you can, you should ask your boss why that happened. If you can’t ask him or if you have other information that the disclosure was not for a legitimate business reason, you should consult a local employment lawyer.

Posted 05-02-2017

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About the Author:

Steve Duggan graduated from the Law School at the University of Notre Dame while on active duty in the Air Force. He has extensive experience representing management litigating cases of wrongful termination, employment discrimination, and sexual harassment. Steve also has experience in all phases of administrative litigation of unfair labor practice charges, and class and individual complaints of employment discrimination. He has been an instructor of seminars for supervisors and managers on labor management relations and other personnel issues, and for lawyers in basic and advanced trial advocacy courses. Steve came on board with Fair Measures in 1998.