Recently, a co-worker (We'll call him Cal) was fired from our company. However, Cal had taken a sick day that day, so he wasn't on site. So there's the manager (we'll call him Mark), standing around with two security guards to escort him out...
Mark immediately told our team to not have any contact at all with Cal, under any circumstances. Not to tell Cal that Mark had come by, not to mention the firing or the guards. Nothing. Later, Mark relayed word to Cal that Cal was not to arrive to work until further notice; that Human Resources would "provide correspondence."
However, Cal still isn't aware that he's fired. Like the next day, he again called in sick.
So two questions.
- is Mark within his rights as a manager to tell us we aren't allowed to contact Cal in any way? (When asked, Mark said personal and professional contact was not allowed)
- Cal has certain things we need to know -- passwords to systems, and so on -- but we aren't allowed to ask for those. How can we effectively get that information from him?