Rumor has been banned among municipal employees in the Brazilian city of Cascavel.
Public servants who gossip now face the possibility of official reprimands, obligatory professional sensitivity training, and even suspension or dismissal.
"Public employees have moral rights, such as the right to work in a professional environment. The law merely helps define this," said the law's sponsor, Councilman Alcebiades Pereira da Silva. "So, if someone unjustly accuses or spreads rumors that cause injury or harm to another, it will be punishable under the idea of professional moral integrity,"
Silva, a 16-year employee of the city, Silva said he drafted the law as part of a project to promote moral integrity of mayoral administrations that have in the past persecuted public workers left over from previous city governments.