Can my manager tell people that I am on leave of absence?

I manage an apartment complex. Can my supervisor send out a letter to all the residents of the complex I manage saying that I am on official leave of absence and do not contact me? Does that violate my privacy by telling everyone I’m on a leave of absence?

Ann Kiernan replies:

Assuming that you really are on leave, I do not see any problem with what your supervisor did. It’s an honest statement of the facts. In fact, if your leave is for FMLA or medical reasons, then your employer should be taking steps to protect you from being pestered by residents looking for repairs, vendor calls, and other work-related matters while you are on leave.

Posted 01-09-2018

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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.