Can an employer discuss the reasons for firing someone with anybody who asks even if it’s not another employer?

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Can an employer discuss the reasons for firing someone with anybody who asks even if it’s not another employer?

Asked on January 12, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Alabama

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Yes, as a general matter an employer could discuss the reason for firing with anyone; the law does not limit an employer's ability to do this. If the employee has a contract or agreement (such as a severance or separation and release agreement) which requires confidentiality, that would be enforceable, but without an agreement, the employer may discuss the situation...though if the employer makes any false factual statements (not opinions) which damage the employee's reputation, the employer might be liable for defamation.


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