Just about every severance agreement nowadays contains a "non-disparagement" clause. In plain language, that's a provision that is designed to prevent a departed employee from saying unpleasant things about a former employer. But how to enforce that clause? There's the rub!
A new case out of Ohio says that calling your former boss a "slimebag" is not enough to violate a non-disparagement clause, at least where there has been no demonstrable harm to the employer's business.
Hopefully this case will not spark new efforts by management lawyers to define specifically what constitutes disparaging statements. I have to think that there is a lot of room for common sense on this subject. At least I hope so.