If we are a non-profit church terminating an employee for character issues and non-performance, what can I say publically to the board.

Asked on September 10, 2010 under Employment Labor Law, Connecticut

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

I think that what you are asking is if your status and by happen chance your professional "purpose" changes your obligations in any way in discussing termination of an employee.  Correct?  I would always advise to err on the side of caution when discussing issues regarding the termination of employees for "cause" issues as you believe them to be.  Even if state law protects the speech on some level as made to your board members, people talk outside of their "professional" capacity and you do not need a defamation suit on your hands, even if the ultimate defense of "truth" is on your side.  Focus on the work reasons and be discreet about the character issues with something general about fitting in to the workplace.  Good luck.


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