WHAT TO DO IF YOU THINK YOU ARE ABOUT TO BE FIRED

Someone I speak to all the time told me her daughter was worried about losing her job. In anticipation of losing her job, she started “cleaning” her computer at work. Deleting personal files, old emails, etc..

I am fine with removal of personal files.. BUT WHAT IF you take information that may be deemed confidential…0r client lists, etc. Please know that if you are fired, or maybe even if you aren’t – your employer can and will watch your computer.

They will know what files you changed, moved, took, deleted, copied, etc. They will know when, and if you have a non-compete agreement, or access to confidential information, you may find they are pretty upset about your “cleaning.”

So if you think you may be fired and have a good working relationship with the boss, ask them – “I am going to take these personal files,” can you agree to that? If they agree, it is much harder for them to say the information is confidential etc.

I know its scary – but don’t let fear of losing your job give you bad judgment.

Lauren Ellerman

Lauren Ellerman

In 2011, Lauren Ellerman was named "Young Lawyer of the Year" by the Roanoke Bar Association for her work in the community. To speak with Lauren about your personal injury case, contact her at lellerman@frithlawfirm.com.