Hi, welcome to Just Answer. I will help you with your question.
Yes, the information that was imparted by you them would have been in confidence.
To give this type of information out is likely to be considered to be in breach of confidence.
However, the law relating to this type of confidential information is in a state of development.
It might be that this is better pursued as misuse of personal information, breach of Art 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights type claim, but either way, you can take action in relation to it.
Obviously, you cannot force people to un-hear what was heard, but you should be able to seek damages against the employer for breaching confidence in the way that it has.
The problem with these things is working out how much damages.
As you have no obvious financial loss.
So, the Court would have to award damages sufficient to recognise a breach of the duty of confidence, perhaps £1,000 or so. It would be entirely in the Court's discretion.
Does this answer your question?
Always best to get a solicitor to write to them insisting damages be paid, and asking for their proposals. If they fails to negotiate a settlement that you can live with, then you could issue proceedings.
If you don't use a solicitor, then you would be able to do this yourself, although because of the legal complexities, I wouldn't advise it.
I reckon you'd probably pay £500 or so for initial advice, and for drafting a letter of claim. It then depends how long it goes on after that - but phone around some solicitors and get quote from them, all have different rates.
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