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It is hard to believe but an employer may prohibit an employee from speaking to past employees as a condition of future employment. There simply is no law against this. The only exception would be if this applied to your wife for an illegal reason – such as her age race gender or any type of protective reason. The reason you gave for her termination was that she was behind on work, she wasn't given a warning, but was just terminated without notice. That is not illegal as well. This is because this is an employment at will scenario, and in the employment at will scenario the employer can terminate employment at any time for any reason as long as it's not in a legal reason. Likewise, the employee can quit at any time for any reason. Thus, unfortunately, I do not see any recourse in this matter for your wife.
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