if my boss wants me to sign a paper that states I will not repeat anything that I her in the office, do I have to sign it?

Asked on March 19, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Washington


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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If you want to keep your job, you do. The fact is the most employment relationships are what is known as "at will". This means that a company can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit or deems necesary. That is unless an action constitutes some form of legal discrimination or violates company policy or the terms of any applicable union agreement or employment contract. Otherwise, it is perfectly permissable to require that an employee sign off on a confidentiality agreement. And if they don't they can be disciplined or even terminated.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although AttorneyPages.com has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.