Letter of the day: Termination ads do mischief to ex-workers
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Over the last few years, I have noticed an increase in notices, especially in The Sunday Gleaner, in which organisations place advertisements bringing to the public's attention that someone is no longer employed to their companies. 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 such reprehensible conduct that the company feels that it is imperative that it sever ties? Apart from situations like those, what is the real purpose of these notices?
The reading public, which is likely to consist of friends, family members, the new employer, even a prospective employer of this person, is likely to think that the individual is guilty of some misconduct for the former employer to have gone to the extent of telling the world that ties had been severed.
If simply saying the person is no longer employed can be considered puzzling, without stating the reason, the rest of the advertisement is even more troubling, if not bordering on being malicious, when it states, " ... and is not authorised to transact business on our behalf".
That, in my view, seems to suggest that the former employee, since 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 the individual will - which would be dishonest.
If that is not the case, why would that notice have been placed, along with the person's picture? I heard of a situation where the picture used was not even the one on file of the previous employee but a picture taken from the person's WhatsApp.
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 damage an employee's reputation and blight employment prospects on parting ways.
Former employees, too, if they feel they have been wronged in this way, should consider seeking legal advice from a litigator.