Can my boss legally call my family member and inform them I was fired?

Steve Duggan replies:

It is a violation of your right to employment privacy for an employer to tell anyone that a person was “fired”, because that implies some form of wrongdoing, or the actual reason someone was terminated. Having said that, a violation of a general right to privacy can only be remedied through a civil action filed in court. Unless there was substantial economic loss associated with the violation or one could find an attorney who would take the case on contingency or for free, the case would likely not be worth pursuing. You are probably best advised to put that job and employer in the past, and focus on your future. Good luck!

Posted 12-15-2015

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About the Author:

Steve Duggan graduated from the Law School at the University of Notre Dame while on active duty in the Air Force. He has extensive experience representing management litigating cases of wrongful termination, employment discrimination, and sexual harassment. Steve also has experience in all phases of administrative litigation of unfair labor practice charges, and class and individual complaints of employment discrimination. He has been an instructor of seminars for supervisors and managers on labor management relations and other personnel issues, and for lawyers in basic and advanced trial advocacy courses. Steve came on board with Fair Measures in 1998.