Could a deliberate and vocal breech of confidential information be regarded as gross misconduct? For example, if someone not in the loop for an exchange of information is able to ascertain that information, and then broadcast the information, have they crossed the line?
I realize the rumour mill is a powerful machine, but where is the line drawn. Does it depend entirely on how the information was acquired? Is the broadcaster guilty, or the person that started the rumour, based on ill gotten information?
We have no HR function with whom to discuss this, so I was hoping you could help. [email protected].