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Hi. I was recently fired from my job. Before getting fired I heard from other employees that I would be fired. Is it possible to sue the company for confidentiality issue?

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you discussed the termination with a manager or HR? Or with a lawyer?

HR was in the room when I was fired

Lawyer's Assistant: Are you an "at will" employee? Do you belong to a union?

I'm sorry what do you by at will I do not belong to a union

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

No thats it thank you

Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Employment Law
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Employment Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 3 months ago
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Hello! I am a licensed attorney, admitted to practice in state and federal court. I have a nearly 100% satisfaction rating (click here for more info) so all that means is that you can count on me to help today. Because I want to provide you with the most accurate answer possible, do you mind if I take a moment to review your question?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
go ahead. I understand.
Employment Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 3 months ago

I'm sorry to hear about your situation.

I’m sorry to hear about your situation. I have dealt with some terrible co-workers, managers, and subordinates in my time. It’s one of the reasons I decided to become self-employed is because I just couldn't take it anymore.

Nonetheless, it’s important to analyze the law in this situation. Harassment/retaliation/discrimination is against the law; however, employment law only makes it against the law if the basis of these actions by the employer are based on your race, gender, age, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, or disability. Employment law doesn’t necessarily cover people who act like jerks. In some states, contract law may help if an employer doesn’t act in good faith. Under the Uniform Commercial Code, any party to any agreement (including employment agreements) has to act in good faith with one another. The failure to do so could be a breach of contract. It’s one of the possible legal solutions, but not always the most practical one. So, unless there was a confidentiality clause in your agreement, there may not be anything there.

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Employment Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 3 months ago

The one thing that you could do is keep a lawsuit in your back pocket. What I mean by this is if the issues continue, then you may want to consider a lawsuit for intentional infliction of emotional distress. IIED means that if someone is intentionally causing severe emotional distress in another, then you may be able to recover for the damages that occurred (e.g. therapist bills, lost wages, medications, etc.). You would have to prove that you suffered damages, but employees have used this tactic when employers have done the same things yours has.

Ultimately, the options are limited because of the rights of the employer and you have the right to get unemployment benefits unless it was for gross misconduct.

What other questions did you have for me today that I can help you out with:-)?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
with out emotional distress there is no potential law suit. I reside in NY. I figured hearing it from my coworkers before a manager would be a breach of contract or an issue with releasing personal information
Employment Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 3 months ago

Are you aware whether your employment agreement had a clause regarding maintaining confidentiality in these situations?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I am sorry I do not know. I worked for NY E- Commerce
Employment Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 3 months ago

No problem. So, if there was, then there's a cause of action. Otherwise, your emotional distress cause of action is going to be your best bet. I'm super sorry.

Did you have any other questions for me today that I could help you with?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
thats it thank you
Employment Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 3 months ago

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