Who can my manager give my cell phone number to?

Can my employer give my unlisted, personal cell phone number to another associate or employee for business-related use without my consent?

 Posted 12-08-2012

Steve Duggan replies:

An employer can generally require an employee to provide a phone number so that they can be reached during their off-duty hours for a legitimate business reason. If you provided your unlisted cell phone number for that purpose to your employer, then it seems reasonable that it could be provided to another employee to use to contact you as part of your job. From the information you provided, I cannot say that the employer did anything wrong.

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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.