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    my husband was terminated from his job. right after that we had a meeting at work and the employer told everyone about the firing. is this legal, or is it a breach of the privacy act?

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    Re: privacy act (husband was terminated from his job)

    Unfortunately it is not illegal to let other workers know that an employee was fired.

    Of course if they say anything untrue or defamatory they then could be sued.

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      Originally posted by Unregistered View Post
      Unfortunately it is not illegal to let other workers know that an employee was fired.

      Of course if they say anything untrue or defamatory they then could be sued.
      What about if the employer pulls employees aside just to tell them the reason for termination. Not just telling them that the person was terminated

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        Re: privacy act (husband was terminated from his job)

        Originally posted by Unregistered View Post
        What about if the employer pulls employees aside just to tell them the reason for termination. Not just telling them that the person was terminated
        As was previously stated, it is NOT illegal to discuss an employee's termination with other employees. That includes the REASON for termination, unless they are intentionally defaming them by providing information they KNOW to be false.
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          Re: privacy act (husband was terminated from his job)

          Employers are bound by employment agreements they sign when they hire workers. So, check your husband’s employment agreement, it may include provisions for disclosing reasons for termination. If an employer voluntarily discloses a reason for termination that violates an employment contract or causes defamation to the reputation of your husband then the employer may face civil penalties for wrongful termination. However, if the employer’s statement includes nothing more than accurate, provable facts, the employer should prevail in a defamation lawsuit. Otherwise also the Employers may want to send a message to other employees that certain conduct will result in termination.

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