Is there anything I can do about a recent job that I was fired from if my former employees is telling everyone in the stores I use to work in why I got fired?

Asked on July 28, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Virginia


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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

As long as what your former employer is saying is the truth, then it is perfectly legal for them to do so (if what they were saying was not the truth then you would have a claim for defamation).

As a general rule, an employee had no right to privacy regarding the terms and conditons of their employment and/or discharge. This is true so long as there is no union agreement, employment contract, company policy, etc. that probiits such a disclosure. Therefore, while unprofessional, your employer revealing the reason for your termination is not illegal. Also, no form of discrimination must be a factor in your treatment.


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