Dismissal and GDPR

Discussion in 'Employment & HR' started by PJ71, Feb 13, 2019.

  1. PJ71

    PJ71 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    We recently dismissed an employee with good reason. We told him that, as per the company policy, the fact he was dismissed was strictly confidential and that colleagues would not be told the reason why he left. Obviously, they would probably be able to work it out...

    The issue is, one of the staff involved in the decision has told someone else that he was dismissed, and the news has now spread around the company.

    Do we need to reach out to the dismissed ex-employee to tell him, as we previously informed him in writing that no one else would be told?

    Posted: Feb 13, 2019 By: PJ71 Member since: Feb 13, 2019
  2. carl.atkinson

    carl.atkinson UKBF Regular Free Member

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    I think that the legal answer is probably not unless your suggestion that no one would be informed has somehow become a contractual obligation (which seems doubtful). Morally you can make whatever decision aligns with your values. Possible disciplinary action against the employee who made the disclosure?
    Posted: Feb 14, 2019 By: carl.atkinson Member since: Jul 14, 2014