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Office Gossip: A Surprising Source of Liability

Office Gossip: A Surprising Source of Liability


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by Robert E. Gregg, J.D.
Rumors and gossip are inevitable ingredients of work life. Within limits, they may have some beneficial functions. Still, practitioners and managers must be aware of the dangers inherent in defamation of character and harassment. This article defines workplace comments and activities that should be avoided and the employer?s legal liability when situations get out of hand. It also outlines the manager?s responsibilities and lists privacy rights that are codified by state and federal laws.