Employment

Is it legal in the State of Alaska for an employer to forbid current employees to communicate with former employees (with threat of termination) even on non-company time?

Asked on July 2, 2009 under Employment Labor Law, Alaska

Answers:

B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Unless you have a written employment contract, your employer does not need any reason at all to fire you. It's called the "at will" doctrine.  There are very few exceptions, for things like illegal discrimination, or retaliation for exercising legal rights like filing for workers compensation.  This doesn't sound like it fits any of the exceptions, to me, unless those former workers were all or mostly fired for illegal reasons.

B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Unless you have a written employment contract, your employer does not need any reason at all to fire you. It's called the "at will" doctrine.  There are very few exceptions, for things like illegal discrimination, or retaliation for exercising legal rights like filing for workers compensation.  This doesn't sound like it fits any of the exceptions, to me, unless those former workers were all or mostly fired for illegal reasons.


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