Can my boss discuss my personal information with my father since he works for the same company?

My father and I work for the same electrical contractor. I am an apprentice and he is a foreman. I am not currently working on the same project as him or under his supervision. He is not an owner or in any managerial position at the company, he runs an underground crew in the field. I currently had 2 instances where there was an issue with my paycheck, so I emailed our HR lady in the office. The first time was concerning show up pay. I drove 2 hours to work and after working for 2 hours we were sent home because other trades were still impeding our work. On my paycheck I was only paid 2 hours and I know state law requires 4 hours show up pay if you actually do work and get sent home early. I inquired about it and it was corrected but I get a call from my dad saying my boss called him and told him, I’m

Asked on July 13, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

The fact is that as a general rule you have no right of privacy in the workplace. The fact is that the conditions of employment can be set much a business chooses (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). Therefore, unless this conduct violates the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, it is legal. Your boss need not contact you directly. It is perfectly permissable for him to contact your father and have him to talk to you about an issue that has nothing to do with him.


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