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I was given a letter of non renewal in the letter it stated

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I was given a letter of non renewal in the letter it stated that if I found another job I had to report it half way through the last 6 months of my contract I was verbally attacked and trapped at my desk being screamed at and threaten to have security called because another employee was mad at me this is a university they placed me on administrative leave after that verbally took my keys and told me not to come back but that i did not have to report leave and they would send an assignment for me to do. I never received the assignment . I took another job during the administrative leave and they sent my non renewal letter to my new employer a private corporation of which I am now being fired because I made the University pay out my contract to June 30 I got the other job on May 22 can they give that information out. they are firing me for unethical behavior
JA: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: WV
JA: Is the employment agreement "at will," union, full time or part time?
Customer: both were at will the one at the university agreed to pay may out my contract
JA: When we are ready I'll take you to the appropriate web page.
Customer: The private company put n their letter the letter the University had given me.
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: The University has a policy in the handbook that they will only give out the dates of employment. The private corporation does have an affiliation but both the University and the corporation specifially state you do not work for the other

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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
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Your question: "can they give that information out. they are firing me for unethical behavior"

Answer: Unfortunately there is no law that prevents them from releasing that information. If they are releasing information that you believe is untrue then you could sue them for slander/liable although rarely do those types of lawsuits result in a judgment of enough to justify the time, effort, and expense. But there is nothing in the law which states that an employer or ex-employer cannot reveal reasons for termination or that you were terminated at all.

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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Even if they have a stated policy in the employee handbook that says they will not give out any other information than salary without written approval
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Hello

West Virginia is one of the few states that recognizes employee handbooks as potentially being implied contracts. I haven't seen any case law that directly addresses the release of information but at least you have a potential argument that the employee handbook created a contract and by releasing the information the employer breached the contract. To pursue this you would have to retain a private attorney.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Thank you that is perfect!

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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
That is all the questions thank you so much. I will put 5 stars and submit.

Thanks very much and I wish you well in your situation.

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