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The Illinois Supreme Court for the first time confirmed the tort of intrusion upon seclusion, a type of privacy, as a valid cause of action. The facts of the case of Lawlor v. North American Corporation of Illinois, 2012 IL 112530 (Ill. 2012) are rather innocuous. The result, however, has significant ramifications to employers and attorneys alike. Lawyers now have another weapon in their arsenal to use against employers who intrude or pry into employees’ private concerns. Employers and attorneys should take a second to review their post-employment investigative activities to ensure their actions do not rise to the level of this newly recognized tort in Illinois.

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