Erin L. on December 19, 2018
I work for a nonprofit organization and as part of my responsibilities, I run a teen program. I recently gave notice that I will be leaving on January 17th, 2019 because my cancer care is taking too big a toll. I am devastated but would rather leave on my own terms than lose my job.
The teen program is a collaborative effort between my organization and another organization. When I decided to leave, we told the staff members from the other organization why I was leaving. I am not sure why I chose to do this, but I did. One of the staff members then disclosed this information to one of the teens "in confidence" and the teen (obviously) told other teens so now the fact that I have cancer is spreading through the teen program like wildfire, causing parents to be upset and concerned.
We contacted a representative from the other organization and the head of the program basically said that since I have published that information on Facebook, it was not confidential and therefore, his team did nothing wrong. How do I respond? Yes, I do post on IG about my cancer. I have one post about it on my FB page, and I KNEW it was possible that the teens would find it. But I also knew that if they did, they would have some context. I believe that this is very different from a staff member from another organization telling a teen "confidentially" (so the staff member knew it was wrong to share). Is there anything that I can do or is it considered public and shareable?