Can my employer give out my social security number to American Express without my consent?

We are implementing a new travel procedure where it is mandatory for all employees to use a company provided credit card. Our company signed a contract with American Express, and sent off our names and socials to them for credit checks. Can they do this legally?

Asked By: Happy Hiker - 11/17/2009
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Yes, if you agreed to a job that included a credit card you agreed to receive said card. It is not possible to issue you a credit card without identifying you.
Answered By: Landlord - 11/17/2009
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Answered By: Reggie - 11/17/2009
Not without your permission! That is a HUGE no-no. When my place of business went to company cards, we had to sign a notice saying it was alright for them to do it. The catch was if we didn't, we didn't get the company card. That is, indeed, legal. But giving out the social without your consent is a potential lawsuit... More
Answered By: Mr. Taco - 11/17/2009
Check the paperwork you signed when you were hired... You likely signed a release for them to do so.
Answered By: timothy p - 11/17/2009
Absolutely. If you're worried about identity theft and such because your SSN is being passed around, don't be. SSNs are actually public records and if a person really wants to, they can get it. They will need to know a lot more information about you to put that number to any criminal use.
Answered By: SourChipmunk - 11/17/2009
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