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As background, I have a therapy office. I told the employee the exact facts of the incident, including where she was sitting, what she said, where I was standing, she was talking on the phone at the reception desk while laughing about court testimony in a serious court case, the fact that clients in the waiting room were within earshot of her and could hear what she was saying. Then I told her my impression, which was that her behavior showed poor judgment and was inappropriate. I said all of this without negative emotion. I did not say anything negative about her character, just her actions and that it was inappropriate and showed poor judgment.
There was no confidentiality agreement between me and the fired employee.
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