A court in the United States has forced the identity of at least one former employee of Kiwi toy giant, Zuru Incorporated (Zuru), to be revealed after they posted negative reviews about working for the company online.
The decision itself was ultimately concerned with intellectual property and the privacy of those posting anonymously online, but it serves a global reminder to employers of the importance of ongoing and proper communication with employees about workplace issues. It also raises the question of whether something similar could happen here in New Zealand.
Without a doubt, negative reviews (authentic or otherwise) can have a damning impact on employers and their reputation. However, there are some simple steps that employers can take to maintain a good relationship with employees, or to ensure that there is no bad blood with ex-employees. For example:
Maintaining a good employment relationship (both during employment and as it comes to an end) can be difficult, however these small steps can make a huge difference.
Our employment team are well versed in assisting with workplace relationship breakdowns, and are on hand to assist in navigating any issues you may be facing.
 Zuru, Inc. v. Glassdoor, Inc., 22-mc-80026-AGT (N.D. Cal. Feb. 4, 2022).
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