Civil Service Commission Orders Redaction of Personal Data in Attorney General Case

The Civil Service Commission orders the Attorney General's Office to redact personal info from documents in a terminated assistant AG case, highlighting the importance of protecting confidentiality in legal proceedings.

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Civil Service Commission Orders Redaction of Personal Data in Attorney General Case

Civil Service Commission Orders Redaction of Personal Data in Attorney General Case

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has ordered the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) to redact personal information, including Social Security numbers and home addresses, from documents submitted in an ongoing case involving a terminated former assistant AG, Donna Lawrence.

The commission unanimously voted in favor of motions filed by Lawrence's representative, Jacqueline Terlaje, requesting the OAG to comply with confidentiality laws and CSC rules.

Lawrence was allegedly terminated unlawfully on December 12, 2023, over the AG's claims of disrespectful behavior towards her colleagues and other forms of misconduct. Terlaje stated that the OAG had submitted exhibits to the CSC containing Lawrence's and other OAG employees' residential addresses and Social Security numbers, which violates CSC rules.

The CSC emphasized the responsibility of those who submit documents to safeguard confidential information, as once filed with the commission, they become public. The commission also discussed the proper procedure of rejecting and resubmitting documents that do not comply with CSC rules, rather than allowing the OAG to edit the exhibits after submission.

Why this matters: This case highlights the importance of protecting personal information in legal proceedings and the need for government agencies to adhere to confidentiality rules. The outcome of this case could set a precedent for how sensitive data is handled in future civil service disputes.

During the hearing, the CSC commissioners stressed the obligation of parties submitting documents to ensure that confidential information is properly redacted before filing. "It is the responsibility of the submitting party to safeguard this information," stated Commissioner Juan Calvo. "Once these documents are filed with the commission, they become public record."

Key Takeaways

  • CSC orders OAG to redact personal info from documents in former assistant AG case.
  • OAG submitted exhibits with Lawrence's and other employees' addresses and SSNs.
  • CSC emphasizes responsibility of submitting parties to safeguard confidential info.
  • Proper procedure is to reject and resubmit non-compliant documents, not edit after filing.
  • Case highlights need for govt agencies to adhere to confidentiality rules in legal proceedings.