Termination Notices Create Mischief

  • 9-11-2015

Over the last few years I have noticed an increase in notices especially in the Sunday Gleaner in which former employers, place an advertisement bringing to the public’s attention that someone is no longer employed to their company. Usually it is headed “Notice” but the text below seems more like a warning.

Is it that the former employee committed some criminal act and was dismissed or is the individual guilty of reprehensible conduct that the company feels that it’s imperative that they sever ties? Apart from situations like those, what is the real purpose of these notices?

 

The reading public which will likely consist of friends, family members, the new employer and even a prospective employer of this person will likely think that the individual is guilty of some misconduct for the former employer to go to that extent to tell the world that they have severed ties.

 

If simply saying that the person is no longer employed can be considered puzzling without stating the reason, then the rest of the advertisement is even more troubling if not bordering on being malicious when it states, “ … and is not authorized to transact business on our behalf.”

 

That in my view seems to suggest that the former employee since their departure has either successfully conducted business on behalf of the previous employer or has at least attempted to do so or there is a strong likelihood that they will. Which would be dishonest. If that is not the case why would that notice be placed along with the person’s picture. I heard of a situation where the picture that was used, was not even the one that was on the file of the previous employee but a picture taken from the person’s Whats App.

 

I am making it clear that I am not using the medium to solicit as I don’t do litigation but I think employers ought to be careful that these notices are not being done out of malice to simply damage an employee’s reputation and blight their employment prospects once they part ways.

Former employees too, if they feel that they have been wronged in this way should consider seeking legal advice from a litigator.


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Comments (1)

Alice
Said this on 10-2-2015 At 07:00 pm
I have always wondered why employers would do this. I came to the conclusion that the ex-employee must have been involved in some inappropriate activity while working at the Company. However, you make a good point, suppose the employer is simply attempting to hinder the ex-employee's future prospects. if this were the case, the employee could find restitution through the courts but this would be time-consuming and possibly expensive. Food for thought.
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