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I am a middle level manager. Our company just fired an employee

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I am a middle level manager. Our company just fired an employee from my department. My supervisor thinks I have talked to this person since she has left. I have not, but have been accused of doing so in 3 instances. Can my employer keep me from talking to a former employee.
Hello and thank you for entrusting me to assist you. My name is XXXXX XXXXX I will do everything I can to answer your question.

Your employer cannot "prevent" you from talking to a former employee. However, unless you have a contract which guarantees your employment for a specified term, you are an "at will" employee and as such can be fired at any time for virtually any non-discriminatory reason. Thus, while your employer cannot stop you fromtalking to someone, your employer can likely condition your continued employment on your not talking to a former employee, or discipline you for refusing to comply with this request.

I realize that the law is not entirely in your favor here and I am truly sorry to have to deliver bad news. Nonetheless, I trust that you will appreciate an accurate explanation of the law and realize that it would be unprofessional of me and unfair to you to provide you with anything less.

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