My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: Michigan
I met a few co-workers for a few drinks after our shift. At one point, several of us began talking about another co-worker who was not there. We were complaining about her bad attitude and work ethic. Admittedly, some derogatory terms were used, mostly rhyming with "witch." Several weeks later, this co-worker heard a second-hand account of this, and apparently went into the boss's office in tears. Our boss called us into the office and told us that if it happened again, we would be terminated. I understand that some actions outside of work are not protected by privacy laws, but this seems excessive. This same person who complained once told me I was stupid and that I look retarded, both during work hours, and nothing happened.