Can our employer prohibit us from talking about an investigation?
Broad confidentiality requirements might not be legal under the NLRA.
I work for a manufacturing company. My coworkers and I have been meeting for about a month to talk about safety concerns; there are a lot of accidents at our worksite, and we believe the company could be doing more to protect us from injuries. Last week, the company decided to investigate one accident in which an employee was hurt. The investigator interviewed me about the incident this morning, and he told me I could be disciplined or fired if I talk about the incident with anyone. I'm glad the company is starting to take these problems seriously, but can they really prohibit us from talking about workplace events? Are my meetings with coworkers grounds for discipline or termination?