I left my former employer a little over a month ago. I received a certified letter in the mail today from their attorneys office telling me that since I am still friends with one of my former cutomer's employees (The named the customer and employee by nam

My former employer is saying that I signed a Confidentiality agreement, I may have but I have never been provided a copy. I got a letter in the mail from my former employers attorney, stating that they demand I cease and desist my communication with (customer name) including but not limited to their employee, (employee name). The employee that the letter is referring to has been a friend of mine outside of work for well over a year. I have not given that employee any information that could hurt my former employers business. The letter also says if I continue to contact and discuss protected information with customers of (former employer), and I do not cease such contact with the customers a lawsuit will commence.

So am I not allowed to stay friends outside of work with anybody that I had contact with while I was an employee?

Should the company and employee being referred to in this letter that I am supposedly giving information to also receive a copy of this letter?

The letter says I have to send a letter back agreeing to what they are warning me of within so many days, how do I reply?

Please help I don't know what to do.

1 answer  |  asked Mar 23, 2015 11:50 AM [EST]  |  applies to Ohio

Answers (1)

Bruce Elfvin
Your inquiry raises one of the common issues that arise when an employer and employee separate. The friend that you mention who works for a customer of the former employer, should be able to remain your friend. I would respond to the former employer and be direct that any confidentiality agreement you may have signed surely does not prohibit you from maintaining friendships. In addition, if you are not discussing the former employer's "protected information" you need to ask what it is that the former employer is complaining about. I am assuming that when you left your new employment may at some point compete with the former employer, so be careful. It is always important to talk to an employment lawyer about these issues. A lawsuit, even one that is weak will cost you far more. You can select one near you at www.oelasmart.com/directory

posted by Bruce Elfvin  |  Mar 25, 2015 07:28 AM [EST]

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