My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: California
A peer of mine in the large company I work for was recently terminated for a violation of the company's code of business conduct. The manager this individual reported to sent an email to a distribution list of groups to notify of the termination and have access removed, etc the day after the person was terminated and it stated that it was a termination for a violation of the code of business conduct (fired). However, the manager sent this to all of the individual's peers at the same level who are never supposed to learn of the reason for the termination (company policy as well as to protect that person's privacy).
This manager has been retaliatory against many subordinates in present and past, as well as had their favorites. Can this individual sue the company/that manager? Several of this person's peers, myself included are fairly angry about the reason being shared (up until then, the person was assumed to have simply left the company abruptly) because many of us liked and respected the person and feel they've been terribly wronged.