Can I Review My Personnel File? | NJ Employment Law

By Thomas McKinney

NJ Employment Law does not allow you to review your personnel file while you are employed. You can request copies of all documents that you signed, including non-compete agreements, handbook verifications, medical documents and any other documents that were signed upon the start of your employment or thereafter. You will most likely not be able to review your personnel file until you file a lawsuit and your personnel file is produced as part of the litigation. You can also file a complaint with the EEOC or Division on Civil Rights and ask that they get a copy of your personnel file as part of their investigation. The EEOC or DCR may show you a copy of your personnel file. This depends on the examiner and the amount of information they are wiling to share with you.

You can always request that your employer allow you to review you personnel file. Most employers don’t allow this because your personnel file may contain information and reviews from supervisors that they do not want to share with you.

If you have additional questions regarding whether you can review your personnel file or NJ Employment Law, please call our NJ Employment Lawyers.

About the Author
Tom McKinney is an experienced NJ Employment Lawyer in all major areas of labor and employment law, including discrimination, harassment, overtime violations, wage and hour claims, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, LAD, FLSA, and all other employment law claims. Tom is admitted to practice in the States of New Jersey and New York, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Southern District of New York, District of New Jersey, and United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Prior to forming the firm, Tom practiced at Gibbons P.C. in Newark, NJ. If you have any questions regarding this article, contact Tom here today.