After years without issues, our HR department has started delivering secret messages about office politics through back channels and is distributing personal and confidential information at will for political purposes. The head (director) of HR is the primary person doing this.
Short of suing the company, is there any other kind of recourse that a person could safely pursue?
To stop the behavior without anything bad happening to me or spending any money.
How I know is that it's explicit. Person A and Person B came to me privately and said "the HR director told us this and that about you", etc. (Note: They are both higher than me in the company hierarchy but are not top-level management.) They proceed to ask questions about it then also relay secret political questions to me from the HR director and ask for my replies.