Thousands of employees' salaries posted online

May 25, 2010 4:26:21 AM PDT
Public information on a local website has angered thousands of UNC employees.The News and Observer created a database for the UNC Health System on its website last week.

Click here to view the database

On Friday, the N&O posted a statement on their website explaining their decision.

It says the newspaper has been collecting salary information for most state employees and UNC system employees for years. But it recently discovered that the hospitals were not part of the databases, so they added the information on Friday.

The paper says it collects their information every year to help keep track of pay and position changes for state employees. It is not the first time the N&O has published pay information for state employees.

Employees found out about the publication in an e-mail sent out on Friday.

"Anyone who wants to can, in fact, find out the salary of anyone at UNC Hospitals from the director all the way down to maintenance people," Physician Assistant Mark Wilson said. "This is no big secret at all."

However, most employees tell ABC11 Eyewitness News that they are upset that so much information is now so easily accessible.

"Not only are they giving salaries, but they're giving full names and your age - information that's not necessary," UNC employee Naomi Brown said.

Brown has been a phlebotomist at UNC for more than two years. She says most of her co-workers feel frustrated and upset the information is out there for everyone to see.

"An invasion of privacy is a lot of what we're hearing," Brown said. "I understand we have state jobs and people have a right to know where the money goes, but I don't think, it could have been handled in a different way."

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