Can we bar an ex-employee from the premises?

Recently, an employee I supervise quit with no notice. She had been a disruptive employee to both the clients and other staff members. My question- is it within our legal rights to ban her from the property? Thank you for your time.

Posted 10-13-2015

Ann Kiernan replies:

Yes, you certainly can forbid her from returning to the workplace. It’s your property, after all. Your question does not say what state you work in, but in many states, employers can go to court and get an order of protection against an ex-employee who has made threats. Good luck, and you’re welcome.

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About the Author:

Ann Kiernan has litigated claims of wrongful discharge and discrimination before state and federal courts and administrative matters before the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, representing both employers and employees. Ms. Kiernan co-hosted The Employee Rights Forum, a weekly radio call-in show reaching up to a half-million listeners in the New York metropolitan area, and her articles on employment law have been published in many books and magazines. Both as a firm partner and as a director, Ms. Kiernan gained solid experience in management and human resources compliance. She has worked with Fair Measures since 1997.