North Manchester, IN asked in Employment Law for Indiana

Q: Terminated from job; no cause. Now cease and desist letter from employer saying no contact - legal?

I was Activities Director at an assisted living facility. I was terminated last year for a reason that was never explained to me. I just received a certified letter from my former manager entitled: "NOTICE: CEASE AND DESIST PERSONAL CONTACT RESIDENTS". It says I'm to have no contact with residents of the facility, even though I have personal relationships with several of them and have seen them on facility property since I was terminated. It says also that "any future contact with Community residents will cause the company to take immediate legal action against you". Is this a legally binding order, or just a threat that they could seek a judge's order for no contact. In any case, are there any legal grounds for a no contact order? Why shouldn't I be free to see whom I want to see?

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Alexander Florian Steciuch
Alexander Florian Steciuch
  • Valparaiso, IN
  • Licensed in Indiana

A: This isn't legally binding. This is a notice that if you continue to see the residents at the property they may bring legal action against you. If they are serious about this it is likely that there is a clause in your contract that bars you from continuing contact with the families or residents at your previous place at work. This could be done to prevent you from competing with the facility or persuading residents to stay at another assisted living facility.

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