Does an employer have an affirmative duty to inform employees

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Does an employer have an affirmative duty to inform employees

My employer is being sued for wrongful termination by an ex-employee. In the complaint the ex-employee mentions me many times as a cause for his dismissal does not name me as a party and stated untrue and very disparaging things about me, maligning my professional reputation I have a high profile job. The company never informed me of this. Did they have a duty to inform me of the lawsuit and the information in the lawsuit about me?

Asked on May 12, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, New York


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

No, they do not have a duty to inform you: the law never requires one person or business to inform another person or business of statements made about them or about a lawsuit or other legal claims mentioning that person.  Your employer has no more duty to inform you than you would have inform a neighbor of a lawsuit against you that also mentions things about him or her.

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