Does an employer have an affirmative duty to inform employees

My employer is being sued for wrongful termination by an ex-employee. In the complaint the ex-employee mentions me many times as a cause for his dismissal does not name me as a party and stated untrue and very disparaging things about me, maligning my professional reputation I have a high profile job. The company never informed me of this. Did they have a duty to inform me of the lawsuit and the information in the lawsuit about me?

Asked on May 12, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, New York

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

No, they do not have a duty to inform you: the law never requires one person or business to inform another person or business of statements made about them or about a lawsuit or other legal claims mentioning that person.  Your employer has no more duty to inform you than you would have inform a neighbor of a lawsuit against you that also mentions things about him or her.


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