Should I meet my boss away from work regarding problems at work?

I am the subject of an HR investigation regarding my working off the clock. The complaint was filed by a former employee. My supervisor wants to meet me in a public place to discuss a concern involving my workplace. He admitted that he wanted to meet away from the workplace and in private because if concerns that our workplace has audio recording in place. I’m not sure I should trust him. Should I meet him and at

what point do I terminate the meeting? My state is a one party consent state with regard to audio recording. I am worried about entrapment.

Asked on February 20, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, North Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

No, don't meet him offsite. There is too much potential for you to be set up--will he spin or position this that you wanted to meet him offsite to try to blackmail him or threaten him or bribe him in regards to your investigation? Or conversely: will he try to use some leverage over you (e.g. what he may say or do in the investigation, which affects your employment) to get you to do something illegal: e.g. he will help steer the investigation to a favorable conclusion for you if you pay him something or do something for him? There is no legitimate reason that a meeting with your supervisor about the workplace cannot and should not be conducted onsite; people generally only ask for offsite private meetings when what they want to discuss should not be brought up in the workplace--that is, when it is inappropriate or illegal. If he wants to talk to you, he can do it at work, during work hours, as a supervisor is supposed to do.


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