My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: Georgia
You complete all your new hire paperwork, provided all your personal data, the company does a background check. You work there for 3 years.
The company demands that you sign a form that gives them authorization to distribute your personal information to whomever they decide. (The company has NEW needs to apply for grants to fund their programs. Outside grant providers require personal data on employees.)
**This form also includes a release of liability for the company and anyone else involved if the information is used improperly (ex:identity theft).
I agreed that they are entitled to do background checks for company security but they are NOT authorized to distribute my information especially to whomever for their financial gain. The only way I would sign is removing the "release of liability" portion and/or provide some data security.
I was fired because I would not sign the form with these statements. (I had already submitted a signed version where I removed the portion in question.)
Another employee had same concerns but no action was taken against her.
She was not pressed to sign the form until 2 months after my dismissal.
Who owns the rights to employee data and its usage-employer or employee?
Do I have grounds for wrongful termination and what would be the argument?