Can you be fired for making a Greencore data breach claim?

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Greencore, a leading UK manufacturer of convenience foods, has experienced a data breach. The violation affects current and former employees. In response to this data protection failure, Keller Lenkner UK has launched a group action to help those affected claim compensation for any distress or financial losses experienced because of this breach. 

However, many of the employees who have contacted us about compensation are extremely worried that Greencore could fire them for making a data breach claim.

The good news is that they cannot. An employer cannot fire you or harm your career in any way if you make a compensation claim. Greencore would be breaking employment law if it did, and any action could be classed as discrimination.

What else have we been asked about the Greencore data breach?

Here are some of the other FAQS our data protection solicitors have been asked about this incident.

How did the data security failure happen?

In December 2021, Greencore began to experience some IT disruption because of a cyberattack. When investigating the incident, Greencore found out that some HR data had been accessed.

What employee data was accessed by cybercriminals?

The information relates to current and former Greencore employees. It includes:

    • Names
    • Contact details
    • Details of the individual’s role at Greencore
    • Salary details
    • Absence and holiday information
    • National insurance numbers
    • Passport numbers
    • Bank account details.

Am I at risk if my data was accessed in the Greencore cyber-attack?

Information stolen in breaches is often used by cybercriminals. Similar data violations have resulted in fraud, blackmail, and identity theft, so Greencore employees are at high risk of being targeted by cybercriminals. Any current or former Greencore employee involved in this breach must be vigilant to protect against further attacks.

Has the delay in notifying employees about the breach made me more vulnerable?

Unfortunately it might have. While the violation happened in December last year, it wasn’t until February 2022 that Greencore wrote to employees and former employees to tell them that HR data had been accessed. The delay in notifying those affected means that employees were not given the chance to secure their personal data between then and now. This left them vulnerable to cyber fraud and scams.

What should I do if I am worried that my details were involved in this breach?

Anyone who thinks they might be involved should take immediate steps to protect themselves. Our data protection lawyers have created a handy guide to help keep you safe.

Will Greencore compensate me if I am affected?

Greencore believes that the data has not been used by cybercriminals and it is unlikely that it will pay compensation without evidence to directly link criminal activity to the breach. At Keller Lenkner UK, our cyber investigators can help you uncover such evidence. We can also help you to claim compensation for any distress suffered because of the breach.

Can I make a Greencore data breach compensation claim?

If you are affected by the data breach, Greencore should have been in touch to notify you, and you can register to join our no-win, no-fee group action claim.

A group action claim is where a group of people – sometimes even thousands of people – have been affected by the same issue. Group action cases are also known as class actions, multi-claimant, or multi-party actions.

There are no costs to join our group action claim. However, if your claim is successful, you may have to pay a ‘success fee’ taken from the compensation awarded to you. At Keller Lenkner UK, our success fee is competitive, and we make sure you are fully informed about any potential costs before you officially join our action. If you lose, you won’t have to pay a penny.


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