Everyone has the right to have their human rights protected without discrimination. When one person's human rights need to be balanced against the rights of another person or group, the Human Rights Act 2019 shows us how to do this.
David needs to know what law, if any, supports his decision to limit a human right, and the steps he must complete to ensure his decision is fair and for good reason.
What law lets David limit human rights?
David will have workplace procedures that help him respond to requests for information. The procedures he follows will come from laws about how people can access information, such as the Information Privacy Act 2009.
How does David make a fair decision?
The decision to provide documents could limit Melinda's mother's right to privacy and reputation. The purpose of limiting that right might be to help Melinda access information that she needs and should be allowed to have to care for her mother. David needs to make sure that limiting Melinda's mother's rights will achieve his purpose.
He also needs to make sure that limiting Melinda's mother's rights is the fairest and least restrictive way to protect Melinda's rights.
How important it is for Melinda to have the documents? Is it important enough to outweigh the limitation on her mother's right to privacy?
Could he provide some of the documents but not others? If there are other realistic options that limit rights less, David should consider using one of those options.
After balancing the competing interests of the people involved, and weighing up all options for delivering on Melinda's request, David needs to be confident he can show his final decision is the most fair and for good reason.