COVID-19 Practical Legal Guide

With the aim of providing clear and concise responses, Bergstein has prepared a practical legal guide with most frequently asked questions about COVID-19. The guide discusses hot topics on employment law, contracts and taxations.

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May I Publicly Defame My Employer? -- “He Fired My Coworkers For Joining The Union”

The matter was addressed in a recent ruling issued by a Uruguayan Court (the “Court”). The ruling discussed the case of an employee who, after termination of his employment relationship, posted on Facebook certain phrases in reference to his former employer, such as “he fired other employees for demanding better working conditions”, “he stole social security taxes”, or “he fired my coworkers for joining the union”, among others. In addition, and through that same Facebook site, the former employee asked his contacts to share the content of it. All this led the Court to conclude that the conduct of the former employee induced the employer to the public scorn. For this reason, the Court deemed that the conduct of the former employee was a criminal offense (defamation), and therefore accused him for such crime. ___________________ The above communication has been prepared just for information purposes. It cannot be construed as legal advice provided by Bergstein Abogados. Should you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Mariana Pisón ( y/o Leonardo Melos (

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