When a cyber security data breach occurs, employees can have their personal information stolen from them. Employers have a legal obligation to use reasonable care to protect their employee’s sensitive data from cybercriminals. When employers fail to use reasonable care to protect their employee’s personal identifying information (PII), they put their employees at risk of being attacked by cybercriminals. Cyber attacks can expose employees’ information, resulting in medical fraud, credit card fraud, tax fraud, and phishing scams. These types of attacks against employees are on the rise and can cause significant and expensive financial injuries to innocent employees.
Representing Cincinnati Employees in Cybersecurity Breaches
If you have had your private information, including your W-2 or personal identifying information (PII), disclosed to cyber criminals by your employer, you need an aggressive attorney. HKM Employment Attorneys are dedicated to protecting employees’ rights. We know how to hold employers accountable for their negligence. Contact HKM Employment Attorneys as soon as possible to schedule a case evaluation and learn more about how we can help you.
Employment Attorneys With a Proven Track Record of Success
Our Cincinnati employment attorneys have a proven track record of successfully obtaining compensation for employee victims of data breaches. In 2016, HKM Employment Attorneys Successfully filed a class action lawsuit against a large Pharmacy employer on behalf of over 800 employees. These employees had their information stolen due to their employers’ negligent security measures. In another case, we filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of 1.500 employees when their real estate investment employer failed to protect their data from cyber-attacks.
Cyber Security Data Breaches of Employee’s Personal Information
Many different types of cybersecurity data breaches can hurt employees. Cybercriminals target employee data stored by employers that may contain sensitive health and Financial information. They may hack into the company email and impersonate Executives, sending phishing emails to employees. These emails may request access to sensitive or confidential information. They may seek large sums of money from the company.
Cybercriminals seek employees’ W-2 data because the information can help them submit fraudulent tax filings under the employee’s name. Employee information can be sold on the black market and later used to commit fraud after the breach. Unfortunately, even when employees think they are safe after the initial data breach, they may find out that their information has been fraudulently used months or even years after the incident.
What to Do if You Have Been the Victim of a Data Breach in Cincinnati
Knowing what steps to take after you have been the victim of a data breach caused by your employer can protect yourself and your potential legal claim. In most cases, employers will send out a notification letter stating that employees’ privacy and data have been compromised. As soon as you receive a notification letter, you should consider taking the following steps to protect yourself:
- Obtain a free credit report and carefully read through it to look for any charges or accounts you do not recognize
- Subscribe to an identity and credit monitoring service
- Check the monitoring service regularly to see if your data has been compromised or used for fraudulent reasons
- You may want to consider placing a free credit freeze, which would make it more difficult for someone to open an account in your name
- You may want to try to file your taxes early before a fraudulent person attempts to file them for you
- If you receive any letters from the IRS, respond to them right away in case you have been the victim of tax identity theft
- If anyone calls you and says you will be arrested unless you pay debt or taxes, do not believe them even if they have part or all of your Social Security number or claim to be from the IRS or a credit agency
- Change your passwords for online accounts and your security questions
- Regularly review your bank account statements and credit card statements for unexpected changes that could indicate identity theft
- Contact one of the three major credit bureaus to request that they add a fraud alert to your profile
- If you suspect any suspicious activity, notify your banks and credit card companies immediately
Discuss Your Case With an Attorney as Soon as Possible
If you received notice that you have been the victim of a data breach, you should consider contacting an attorney as soon as possible. In addition to taking the steps listed above to protect your bank accounts and credit score, you should also protect yourself legally by speaking to an attorney. You may have the right to pursue compensation through a lawsuit against your employer. Pursuing a lawsuit can help you obtain the compensation you need to mitigate the financial damages you’ve incurred from a data breach.
Damages Available in an Employee Data Breach Lawsuit
Victims of data breaches may have a right to pursue compensation through a lawsuit against their employer. When large employers allow a data breach to occur through negligence or recklessness, employees frequently come together and pursue a class action lawsuit against the company. Sometimes these cases go to trial, but many class action lawsuits settle out of court. Joining a class action can provide a variety of benefits to class members. For example, class members who join the class lawsuit may be able to obtain the following types of compensation and remedies:
- Additional years of paid-for identity and credit monitoring
- Compensation for time spent responding to the breach
- Reimbursement for any losses from fraud caused by the breach
- Nominal damages
Schedule a Case Evaluation With a Cincinnati Data Breach Attorney
If you have been the victim of a data breach or cybersecurity attack as an employee, it is important that you understand your legal rights and options. You may have the right to compensation through a class action lawsuit against your employer. HKM Employment Attorneys regularly reviews data breach allegations, and we are actively involved in investigating reports from employees who are victims of data breaches. Contact HKM Employment Attorneys today to speak to an attorney and learn more about how we can protect your rights.