July 17, 2010

DOL Assures Confidentiality for Workers

Department of Labor

Statement by US Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis

WASHINGTON — Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today issued the following statement regarding the unauthorized public dissemination of confidential information collected by state agencies in Utah:

“Recent news reports about the dissemination of confidential information about a worker’s legal status are highly disturbing. I am deeply concerned about these reports, and assure the public that the U.S. Department of Labor will closely follow and work to support the investigation that has been launched by the state of Utah. No one, regardless of race, gender or ethnic background, should fear that by applying for government benefits or programs, he or she is at risk of having personal information revealed. The unauthorized release of such information is against the law, and the perpetrators should be punished.”