A lawsuit has been filed against Aetna Insurance Co., alleging the insurer failed to protect personal information of employees and job applicants. The lawsuit comes after Aetna, of Hartford, Conn., was struck by computer hackers to access a company Web site holding personal data for 450,000 current and former employees, as well as job applicants.
The suit, filed by former employee Corneilus Allison, in U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania, charges the insurer with negligence, breach of implied contract, negligent misrepresentation and invasion of privacy. The Plaintiff is seeking certification of the lawsuit as a class action. An Aetna spokeswoman says the company did the right thing in notifying employees that their information had been hacked and in offering free credit monitoring for a year to about 65,000 people who had Social Security numbers on the site’s database. Nevertheless, this appears to be a serious matter, and this lawsuit will be watched closely.
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