Can manager tell employees about other employee’s write-ups?

Our manager tells other employees that a certain employee will be getting written up before she has served the write up. Is this ok?

Posted 09-09-2015

Rita M. Risser Chai replies:

It’s definitely not a good idea! This puts you in an uncomfortable position, and imagine how the other employee would feel if she knew. Whether employees have a complete right to privacy at work depends on the state. In California, for example, there could well be a lawsuit. Bottom line, it’s not recommended.

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About the Author:

Rita M. Risser Chai is the founder of Fair Measures. An attorney in California for 20 years and now an attorney in Hawaii, she authored the Prentice Hall book, Stay Out of Court! The Manager’s Guide to Preventing Employee Lawsuits. She developed most of the curriculum used by Fair Measures, created the firm’s first website praised in HR Magazine, and wrote numerous articles on employment law including one on best practice harassment prevention training published in the magazine of the American Society for Training and Development (now ATD). She taught Law and Human Resources at the University of California, Santa Cruz, for eight years, and has presented four times at the annual conventions of the Hawaii Society of Human Resource Management.