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Old 10-25-2007, 03:05 PM   #1
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Does anyone on here have any legal expertise? I have a question: I went to ask the attorney (next door to where I work) a question. He didn't charge me anything for the advice and helped me a lot. I asked him how much he would charge if I needed his services and he told me. I told him I don't really have that kind of money. My boss was wondering why I'd gone to see him and apparently asked him because now he knows my dilemna. He doesn't know I know he knows YET but I am waiting for the right time. I feel like there should have been some type of confidentiality even though it was just a question. I also feel like my boss crossed the line and invaded my privacy. My personal business is none of his concern and it has not impacted my job performance in the slightest. One day I did have to leave work early because of the circumstances in question but I have vacation time and didn't even use it. I'm just pissed because my boss is so nosey and don't know if there is any type of general laws regarding privacy matters.
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I don't have any advice, but that is bullshi*
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Well, working in a law firm, I kinda know a thing or two about privacy.
The Attorney definitely should not have told your boss anything.
Apparently he'* never heard of Attorney Client privilege.
My understanding is that although you didn't hire him for anything, the fact that you talked regarding legal advice is enough that he shouldn't have said anything.
It is also messed up that your Boss went and asked the Attorney. Waaaay over the line there.
Not sure what all can be done, never had to deal with that. Plus, laws vary from state to state and even county to county.
I can talk to my Boss a bit tomorrow and try to get a general idea if you would have nay recourse.
Of course, proof is always a big thing. If neither your boss or the Attorney admit to anything, it kinda comes down to a he said/ she said kinda thing.
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I certainly am not able to give legal advice, but I do know that there have been a number of test cases in the past few years regarding how much information about an employee'* personal life an employer has the right to know, much less have control over.

The employer'* legal case usually hinges upon the argument that what you do at home that affects you ultimately does affect everyone else at his business (bullshift!). Michigan has had a number of high profile cases like this.

While I personally think it'* wrong and maybe even unconstitutional, there seems to be a trend where judges are backing employers in many of these cases.
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My boss waited for me to leave work the other day and then approached my co-worker whom I had confided in and was questioning her. He told her that he found out what was going on and went into some details of which she neither confirmed nor denied. He asked her why she didn't tell him and she told him that if I'd have wanted him to know I would have told him. I was so ticked I almost called him that night to tell him off. I'm not afraid of calling him out on stuff but right now I have so many things going on with my mom being so sick and this other trouble that I don't think I can juggle nor handle another thing right this minute.
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Yeah, you definitely need to pick and choose our battles right now.
Your nosey boss is probably the least of your worries right now.
He'* probably counting on that too, though.
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Oh, I will make sure he gets his just reward!! I won't hold back. As a matter of fact all of this stress will probably build up until one day I just go totally off on him and blast him. I've been told I have a look that is kind of mean also. I gave him the look a couple of times and he asked the co worker "Did you see that look she gave me?" I had to laugh when she told me because I don't know the look but apparently it got his attention.
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Oh, I will make sure he gets his just reward!! I won't hold back. As a matter of fact all of this stress will probably build up until one day I just go totally off on him and blast him.
It reminds me of the lyrics to an old song, "When things go wrong with you, it hurts me too."
Did you ever consider that your boss is concerned and just wants to help you out? I don't see how it could help your circumstances for you to formulate a plan to fly off the handle and bite the hand that feeds.
As far as I know, unless you paid the lawyer or the lawyer specifically stated that he will accept your case pro-bono (no cost) you aren't a client. And if there is no attorney client business relationship there is no attorney client privilege of non-disclosure. That would just be two friends discussing personal matters.
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... an old song, "When things go wrong with you, it hurts me too"....
Foghat.
You need to change your name to OLD Bast***.

Just be glad you're not in my situation - I have to tell my bosses when I go to the dentist, doctor, take Benedryl, get into serious debt, go into another country, and a myriad of other things...

Could it be that your boss has noticed a change...that something is amiss...and he'* concerned? This does not excuse his trying to find out through the grapevine. If he'* concerned he should meet with you privately and ask if there'* anything wrong, what he can do to help, etc. That'* the right way to deal with employee issues.
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... an old song, "When things go wrong with you, it hurts me too"....
Foghat.
It is credited to Elmore James and may have actually been written by someone else before he recorded in 1957. Several notable bands covered it, and I'm sure there are thousands of blues bands out there still playing it that don't know who wrote it. But yeah, I like Foghat. They were good about taking old blues classics and playing them their way, like they did with Robert Johnson'* Terraplane Blues.
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