Employee Privacy: Vermont
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Gloria Ju
- Vermont recognizes four types of invasion of privacy claims. See Common Law Invasion of Privacy Claims.
- Vermont employers are prohibited from discriminating against an individual based on his or her credit information or from asking about credit information, except under certain circumstances. See Credit Checks.
- Criminal conviction records may be obtained from the state if 10 conditions are met. See Criminal Conviction Records.
- Inquiries into health coverage status are prohibited. See Health Coverage Status.
- Vermont has certain requirements for drug testing of employees. See Drug Testing.
- Vermont limits employers' ability to conduct genetic testing, AIDS/HIV testing and lie detector testing. See Testing of Employees and Applicants. Employers have specific timeframes in which to report a breach of a consumer's personally identifiable information to the consumer and to the attorney general. See Security Breach Notice Act.
- Employers must also follow laws regarding the privacy of Social Security numbers and the destruction of records containing personal information. See Social Security Number Protection Act; Safe Destruction of Documents Containing Personal Information.
- Employers must provide an appropriate private place for nursing mothers for three years after the birth of the child. See Workplace Privacy for Nursing Mothers.