The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of the employer in a suit brought by Melissa Ignat v. Yum! Brands, Inc. on a case of a single action for public disclosure of private facts – the alleged employer allegedly disclosed to co-workers that Ms. Ignat is bipolar.
The trial court granted summary judgment on the ground that a right of privacy violation can only be completed with a writing – not by work of mouth. The appellate court found the rule as observed to be “outmoded” and that there was no good reason for restricting this to written disclosures, since oral ones can clearly cause harm. They reversed the trial court’s summary judgment. Ignat v. Yum! Brands