ME: Island Nursing Home successfully sued by former employee

It’s not often we see an employee lawsuit against an employer over lousy data protection, and when we do, it’s more likely to be potential class-action lawsuits by employees following a hack or other data breach. In this case, an individual employee sued her former employer for not adequately storing and protecting her information. 

Faith DeAmbrose reports:

In less than one hour, a jury found for Donna Lee Williams of Deer Isle in a civil case she had brought against her former employer, Island Nursing Home. The case regarded the safe keeping of confidential employee documents.

Williams, who was employed as a housekeeper, contends she was fired after complaining to nursing home administration that it did not take adequate measures to ensure the safety of her personal information, asking her to repeatedly fill out the same documents over and over again.

The attorney for INH, Robyn March of Lambert Coffin, said she believes Williams “misunderstood what was being asked of her.” She said she was not asked to fill out the same documents many times over, but different documents relating to her employment.

The two-day trial took place on October 15 and 16 in the Business and Consumer Court in Augusta, with a 7-2 decision coming after 52 minutes of jury deliberations.

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