Defamation via WhatsApp Justified Immediate Discharge

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​Sharing an untrue, defamatory claim about a colleague with another co-worker through WhatsApp justified termination without notice in Germany. Notice ordinarily is required prior to firing someone in Germany, but not in such extraordinary circumstances.

Background

An employee heard from a distant acquaintance that one of her colleagues, who is also the father of the company’s managing director, was allegedly a convicted rapist. The employee contacted another co-worker and informed her of this false rumor using the messaging service WhatsApp. The co-worker then told the managing director about this WhatsApp communication with the employee. The managing director immediately fired the employee.

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