Can information that my employer said would be confidential be released?

I was recently terminated from my previous employer for a fraud related reason. I was told that the information would be kept inhouse and would not effect me if i applied for jobs elsewhere. However now I have found out that it was reported and filed in a database. Is there anything I can do?

Asked on July 17, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Texas


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If there was some separation or other agreement or contract which had a confidentiality clause, you can legally enforce that, such as by seeking a court order directing the former employer to not release such information. However, in the absence of an actual contract, if all there was, was a promise made uniltarerally by a manager or supervisor, such a promise is not enforceable legally; they can renege on it if they want. In that instance, so long as the information is reported truthfully, there is likely nothing you can do.

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