An Australian workplace watchdog has reportedly warned employees against office gossip in the wake of a staffer being sacked for spreading rumours about her boss.
Former Global Cranes employee Kym Reedy passed on "salacious" rumours about her employer's sex life and supposed drug use, according to the Courier-Mail.
When her boss sacked her, she took her complaint to the Fair Work Australia Commission, which found that Global Cranes managing director Fred Vidaic was right to do so.
The Commission heard that such a breach of trust was a good enough reason to end a person's employment.
Reedy was fired in December after she told Vidaic's fiancee, Ann Tarrant, who also worked for the company, of allegations that there were photographs of Vidaic with another woman.
Commission deputy president Reg Hamilton found that there had been a valid reason for Reedy's sacking.
"Mrs Reedy deliberately told Ms Tarrant about a rumour in a manner which was designed to cause trouble in the workplace, in particular between Ms Tarrant and Mr Vidaic," News.com.au quoted him as saying.