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Employee Privacy: Pennsylvania

Employee Privacy requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Celia M. Joseph, Fisher Phillips


  • 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.