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Can a person be terminated from a stolen private conversation?

Little Rock, AR |

Was terminated from my job due to a private and personal conversation that was stolen off the 2nd parties computer. I answered questions truthfully from the 2nd party and the 3rd party did not like what we were talking about so she stole our conversation from the 2nd parties computer without her permission and the 3rd party gave our conversation to my boss and I was terminated. My boss cited it as malicious gossip and he terminated me. How can it be gossip if what I stated was the truth?

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Since this is an employment question rather than a criminal defense question, I am changing the practice category so it will come to the attention of attorneys who can give you an answer.

Gossip can be true. Malicious means "mean spirited" or intended to cause trouble.

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Absent an employment contract to the contrary, employment in Arkansas is generally "at will." With some exceptions (i.e., race, religion, natural origin, gender, etc.) an employer can terminate your employment whenever they want, for whatever reason they want.

There may be an action for computer trespass or the like, but your post doesn't have enough information to tell whether there may be something against the 3rd party or not.

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