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I worked in California. Recently I was put in a program

Hi Allen,I worked in California...
Hi Allen,I worked in California. Recently I was put in a program called Performance Improvement Plan (PIP). If I failed in this program, my employment with this company will be terminated immediately. I believe I was treated unfairly and am protesting against it within the company. Besides, there's notransparent procedure/policy in the company regarding this PIP program. (That's part of reason I felt I was treated unfairly.)
Meanwhile, a friend working in media/press requested to have an interview with me, and hear more about the story. I'm inclined to accept that, but meanwhile concerned about the confidentiality agreement between me and my company. My questions are the following:
1. Is a company's policy or procedure, in particular this PIP program, considered as confidential by law? Do I need to confirm with my company on that?
2. If my company does say that its PIP program is 'confidential' and shouldn't disclose to the public, can I quote that and comment to the media/press. Will that be considered a violation of confidentiality agreement?
3. What if I exit the company without any extra agreement? Will I be able to comment on its policy more freely, or it doesn't make difference?Thanks for your advice!
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Thank you for trusting your question to JA today. I am a licensed attorney with over a decade of law practice and over 20 years of experience in the legal field. I’m happy to be of assistance. (The system will automatically generate a phone call request to you. Unless I specifically state, during our discussion, that a phone call is possible, I intend to just use this chat format as I am not in a position to accept a phone call).

1. A PIP does not have it's own legally mandated confidentiality with it. The company would have to set some internal rule concerning confidentiality. I will say that speaking to the press is not legally protected with private employers, because the 1st Amendment doesn't bind them .

2. Saying something is confidential doesn't violate confidentiality in most cases. If you and I entered into a confidentiality agreement based on me assaulting you, then if you were to say "yeah, he assaulted me and we entered into this agreement for money" that would violate the agreement. However, if someone were to ask you "hey, weren't you assaulted?" I can't really talk about that due to confidentiality, that's legally fine.

3. That depends on the actual agreement and what your purpose is in communicating the information. I can't really answer without reading the agreement.

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