Thank you for the information and your question and I am sorry to read about your situation. Normally the fact that you are no longer employed with a company would not be a privacy
protected piece of information. Then the only issue is whether the "why" of the parting of ways could be shared. I can't say with certainty whether or not your former employer could, or perhaps had to, disclose your termination and the circumstances, to PetSmart, but I would suspect that they were bound to by contract. In other words, if there is a contractual relationship with the two companies, which I would presume there is since they are using the same space, then they may require that information since it could directly affect them. For example, if an employee is terminated for workplace violence
or theft, then that would be the most obvious case that would support the information sharing. But again, it depends on their contractual agreements and also any documents that you may have signed. So, if you ultimately do lose your job with PetSmart over this issue, then you may want to sit down with a local attorney to see if you might arguably have an invasion of privacy cause of action against Banfield.
That said, Missouri is an employment "at will
" state. That means that an employer may terminate an employee for any, or no, reason and with no warning or notice unless the termination would violate an employment contract
, company policy, or employment discrimination
law. So, unless one of the exceptions applies in your case Petsmart could let you go, even if the reason was arbitrary or based on this information about an unrelated issue relative to you work for them. Some states restrict an employer's ability to take action based on conduct outside of work, but Missouri is not one of those states.
Please let me know if you need any clarification. I would be glad to assist you further if I can.