If a person was fired, can management tell line employees why?

I still work for the company. My son was terminated and another manager told line employees why. Can they do that?

Asked on July 6, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Tennessee

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

The fact is that this action was perfectly permissble. A company is free to set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). Accordingly, unless there was a union agreement or employment contract that prevented the circumstances of your son's termination from being disclosed to his former co-worker's, no law was broken.

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

The fact is that this action was perfectly permissble. A company is free to set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). Accordingly, unless there was a union agreement or employment contract that prevented the circumstances of your son's termination from being disclosed to his former co-worker's, no law was broken.


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