Violations could be prosecuted as misdemeanors bearing a maximum fine of $1,000. Affected parties could also sue the employer or educational district involved for actual damages, attorney’s fees and court costs. In such a lawsuit, the maximum recovery for actual damages would be capped at $1,000.
Opsommer explained the impetus for the bill to a reporter for the news website StateNews.com.
“If 50 years ago, as part of the interview process, an employer said they needed to look through your mail, or put a bug on your phone before they would hire you, there is no way the practice would be tolerated,” he stated.