Can an ex-employer share details of an employee’s termination?

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Can an ex-employer share details of an employee’s termination?

I was fired yesterday from my job and am seeking wrongful termination. Is there anything illegal about my former employer sharing the details of my termination with other employees?

Asked on March 29, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, New Jersey

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

The law does not prevent an employer from sharing the details of an employee's termination--unless, that is, the employee had some contract or agreement (for example, a separation and release agreement) which contained some term obligating the employer to confidentiality. Otherwise, the only restriction is that they may not defame you--that is, the employer may not make untrue factual statements about you which damage your reputation. (True factual statements or opinions, however, are not defamation, no matter how damaging or insulting.)


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