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I was told by one of our corporations upper management personnel

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I was told by one of our corporation's upper management personnel to provide info about a certain employee of his attendance and judgement and was told not to say anything about it. That means not talking to my direct bosses. My bosses found out once Human Resources got involved and had a meeting with with me and another guy that was involved with this request from upper management and drew up an organization chart on meeting board. After drawing it up they firmly said that upper management personell is not involved with our facility when in fact our employee web page that shows the org structure shows that upper management person is above our bosses.
My question is was I in the wrong for providing information to the upper management personell or should I have been insubordinate and told my bosses after being told not to? There are some pretty angry people at my work now and not sure if my job is in jeopary now? Please help with any info. Thanks
Thank you for using JustAnswer. I am JudgeLaw and I will do whatever I can to provide an honest and accurate answer to your question.

Before we begin, a bit more detail would be helpful.

Do you have a written employment agreement?

Thank you.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
If you mean signed off on reading the employee hand book then yes.
Thank you for the additional information.

No, an employee usually contains a disclaimer and is not treated as a written employment contract.

At the onset, I can tell you, from the facts presented. You have done nothing wrong. You are not in a position to disobey upper management. You were literally placed into a no win situation, but there was nothing, in your position, that you could have done.

However, without a written employment contract you are deemed an at-will employee. As such, your employment may be terminated for any reason (or no reason), so long as it does not violate your civil rights (illegal discrimination, for example). Therefore, even though you did noting illegal or improper, it is still possible for the employer to terminate you employment and not be illegal or improper.

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