Can your employer disclose that youhave beenfired to a 3rd party before they even tell you?

Asked on September 30, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Oregon


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Unless there is some agreement to the contrary (such as some non-disclosure or non-disparagement clause in an employment contract or severance agreement), then yes, an employer can do this. It is, of course, highly unprofessional and improper--but the law does not make people behave in a professional or proper way. While the employer may not defame you, or make untrue statements of fact about you that damage your reputation, to other people (though note: opinions and true facts do not defame), that's the only limitation, other than any that may be in agreements or contracts. Otherwise, the employee may tell whomever it wants, whenever it wants, even before letting you know, unfortunately.

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