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Author: Celia M. Joseph, Fisher & Phillips LLP

Summary

  • Pennsylvania recognizes invasion of privacy claims. See Common Law Privacy Causes of Action.
  • In Pennsylvania, there are numerous state and local statutes, as well as common law rules, regulating the rights to privacy in the employment relationship, including those relating to: criminal background checks; polygraphs, telephone and computer monitoring, public documents, and substance abuse testing. See Pennsylvania Statutes Involving Privacy Rights.
  • Unlike many states, Pennsylvania does not provide specific stated privacy rights through a state constitution, nor does it have laws regulating credit background checks, off-duty conduct, or the right for employees to have guns on private property. See Privacy Statutes That Do Not Exist In Pennsylvania.