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The City of Boston apologizes to unvaccinated employees for accidentally sending them names: Report

Boston HR admitted that they'messed up' by not blind copying recipients of emails about positive COVID tests, new vaccination requirements

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The City of Boston apologizes to unvaccinated employees for accidentally sending them names: Report

According to a report, the City of Boston has apologized for accidentally sharing information that revealed that approximately 100 employees were not vaccinated and had tested positive in the coronavirus.

On Jan. 18, the city's human resource department sent an email to 100 employees informing them that they had submitted information that indicated they were positive for COVID-19. The email, which contained all names and emails on the chain, stated that policy had been changed to not allow for continued testing. Recipients would need to be vaccinated or face possible discipline.

"Under the City’s earlier policy you submitted information regarding a positive COVID-19 testing result," was the first email sent to compliance employees. This email was obtained by the Boston Herald. You must be vaccinated if you do not have the Policy's permission to continue testing.
The Herald reported that HR apologized to the same employees days later.

The follow-up email stated that "Unintentionally, and accidentally, we made a mistake." "The communication was meant to be sent as an email to all employees as it respects their privacy. It was accidentally pushed, and the email was sent with all addresses.

The email stated that "We are sorry for the error." We truly take the privacy of employees seriously. We have improved our guidelines and practices to ensure this doesn't happen again. We appreciate your understanding.

According to the city, the original email recipients were supposed be blind-copied. This would have meant that their emails and names would not have been visible to other recipients.

The union representing Boston Public Library workers raised the matter with the HR department of the city and the office of labor relations. They are referring to a privacy breach.

Elisa Cadillic, AFSCME Local 526 said that people must be held responsible for such actions. "All these people now know the business of people."


 

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