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Employment

Employment Offer

Washington

Asked on Dec 5, 2023

Is confidentiality needed for an employment offer?

I recently received an employment offer from a company I am interested in working for. However, the offer did not include any kind of confidentiality agreement. I am concerned that the offer may not be legally binding, or that the company may not honor its terms. I am hoping to get guidance from a lawyer on whether or not confidentiality should be included in an employment offer.

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Employment

Washington

Answered 76 days ago

Merry A.

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I would be happy to help review your offer, but, no, there are no legal requirements in employment or contract law that an employer or you must keep the terms of an offer confidential, or that the contract include any requirement that you keep anything at the company confidential. So, in theory at least, if I offered you a job at $100K/year, I could publish a full-page newspaper ad with all the terms of the contract I offered to you spelled out in the ad. (Now, you may be able to argue an invasion of privacy, but, as to the example I gave you, standing alone, I don't think you would win).

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