Healthcare Employer’s Termination Letter Provides Basis For Court to Allow Discovery of Patient Contact Information

Jeffrey M. Schlossberg writes:

Employers faced with the inevitable task of terminating an employee’s employment often inquire whether to provide the employee with written reasons for the termination; or, if they are required to provide an explanation of the termination, they ask what should be included in the explanation. Except in a limited number of states (and except where an employment agreement provides otherwise), a written statement of reasons is not required. Indeed, the general rule of thumb is to not provide written reasons. Perhaps the employer in Peace v. Premier Primary Care Physicians, S.C., should have followed the rule of thumb. In a recent decision, a federal court in Illinois ordered the disclosure of patient contact information because the employer had indicated in its termination letter that patients complained about the plaintiffs.

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