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U.S. Postal Service employee sues over privacy violations

On Feb. 13 of this year, an employee of the U.S. Postal Service filed a claim against his employer in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas Houston Division. The lawsuit cites the Postmaster General and the U.S. Postal Service as the defendants and accuses the parties of an invasion of privacy and violating the Fourth Amendment.

The employment-related dispute is the result of multiple searches that were reportedly conducted by the Postal Service. According to the plaintiff, his employer disregarded his right to privacy in his personal communications and belongings while he was at work. The plaintiff is seeking compensation for the violations, though the exact details of what he is claiming in damages have not been disclosed.

In addition to the unreasonable searches that were cited, the plaintiff has also alleged that his employer shared some of his personal information with another employee. The information was allegedly disclosed to a U.S. Postal Service employee for non-official reasons that did not pertain to the person's job duties. The lawsuit claims that the actions of the U.S. Postal Service were in violation of Title 42 of the United States Code, Sections 1983 and 1981.

Other employees who believe they have had their rights violated by their employer may wish to contact an employment law attorney. An attorney may assist individuals in gathering all of the appropriate evidence to build their claim. Evidence that may be obtained to build a lawsuit could include minutes from a company meeting, background information about the defendants or eyewitness testimony from other employees.

Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Postal Service employee sues claiming unreasonable search", Joel Brakken, February 20, 2014

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