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Can employee reveal names of his co-workers?

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Q. Can an employee let others know that a certain person works at his office? Or are there some hidden privacy issues involved? — Roland, Texas

A. Generally, it’s not unlawful to let others know who you work with. I live near Washington, D.C., so I can imagine positions in which you are restricted from talking about what you do and who you do it with. But the question of who you work with is typically not a secret.

In a service business (a hotel, for example), employees may be asked to sign an agreement promising not to reveal customers’ names. And if you work in health care, you have significant obligations not to discuss the patients’ names or health issues. But that doesn’t sound like what you’re describing. Still, some employers may require employees to keep employee info confidential for their own purposes, as a condition of employment.

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