there are civil penalties if the "employee disciplinary action" is leaked to the public.
So... lemme see if I got this correct?
Lets just say that an employee says something really dumb about how he would handle a work situation, and the employer chooses to demote them one paygrade, 2 days of PR training, and 2 weeks modified duty. The newspaper finds out about the comments and the subsequent discipline and runs the story in the papers.
Now if the employee works for McDonalds, then its ok to run the story cause the guy was just talking about flipping burgers with no hair net.
Or the guy worked for a car shop, then it's ok to run the story cause the guy was talking about pouring used fluids down the drain instead of recycling it.
But lets just say the employee is a Palo Alto
police officer, he was talking about breaking the law, violating civil rights, and about killing people. now it becomes a "hush-hush" story because in California you cant talk about the police? or release publicly the discipline he received?