My CEO heard about a conversation i had with our CFO. Now my CEO wants me to write a letter about the CFO’s coments, should I?

CFO asked me if I thought there was any chance the CEO was doing jobs on the side and not reporting them to the company. I said there was no way to hide that and the CFO said ‘I didn’t think so’. But the CEO wants to use this letter in the next board meeting to either force resignation or grounds for termination. What is the blow back if I do not write the letter.

Asked on April 10, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

In an "at will" employment relationship, a company can set the terms of work much as it sees fit. This includes when and why to terminate an employee. In fact, a worker can be fired for any reason or no reason at all. Accordingly, while you cannot be forced to write a letter such as you describe, you can lose your job if you don't. That is unless your treatment would violate the terms of an employment contract/union agreement or constitute some form of legally actionable discrimination.


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