Village representative fired for taking private information

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A long-tenured Village representative has been terminated for emailing private information such as health insurance census reports, names, social security numbers and health insurance benefits of Village employees to a personal account.

Anybody who has worked as a Village employee in recent years is encouraged to keep an eye on bank and credit card statements for unusual activity as a precaution to prevent fraud or identity theft.

Letters were sent this week to more than 650 current and former employees of several Oak Park taxing bodies notifying them that personal information was taken, according to a news release from the Village.

“While the employee violated serious work rules that resulted in termination of employment, it is important to note that we have no indication that the information taken was intended for any illegal use,” Village Manager Cara Pavlicek said. “But since we cannot confirm any authorized reason for the employee to take the information, we are erring on the side of caution and notifying those individuals affected.”

The employee was separated from Village employment in early February following an internal investigation, according to the news release.

“The Village must maintain some private information about its employees. A limited few employees are trusted to manage and protect personal information they access during the work day,” Pavlicek said. “When individuals in these critical positions fail to act responsibly, a fundamental trust is broken and we understandably feel betrayed.”

Pavlicek praised the Village workforce for performing its job duties consistently and with integrity, according to the news release.

“Unfortunately, we cannot prevent an individual employee from conducting themselves in an inappropriate manner. But we can take corrective action and affirm that inappropriate conduct at work will not be tolerated,” she added.

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