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Lawsuit filed in Milwaukee city employee ID theft case

MILWAUKEE (WSAU-Wheeler News)   Up to 9,000 Milwaukee city employees and their life partners could be exposed to lifelong identity theft, after their personal data was hauled away in a stolen car. That's what the city alleges in a new federal complaint filed against a company that gave blood tests to city employees in a wellness program.

According to the city's complaint, a phlebotomist for Dynacare Laboratories had her car stolen in late October. It contained a laptop with a flash drive full of unencrypted data from the participants in the city wellness program. What's more, the city said Milwaukee Police were not told for weeks that the flash drive was in the stolen car -- and that would have made the investigation more urgent.

Once they discovered it, police interviewed a Dynacare employee -- and according to the complaint, the company accused the city of violating that employee's civil rights. The city said it was Dynacare that did the violating. Dynacare said they reported the incident to the federal government, and would have no other comment.

The city contracted with Froedtert Hospital for the wellness program, and Froedtert sub-contracted with Dynacare to provide the blood tests. A Milwaukee fire-fighter has filed suit against both health outfits, and at least one city employee union has sued Froedtert. The hospital says it won't comment.