Can my employer question me regarding my personal life?

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Can my employer question me regarding my personal life?

I ve signed a non-disclousure agreement for my company but because im friends with a competitor they keep taking me aside for private meetings questioning my company loyalties. My brother who worked for my company is now working for a competitor as well and they questioned me regarding him leaving. They are asking questions that I frankly feel is none of their business.

Asked on August 5, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Oregon

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

First, an arggument can be made that your relationships with the employees of competitors is the company's business, especially in light of your contractual non-disclosure obligations.

Second, yes--companies are allowed to question employees about their personal lives and to even terminate them because of their personal lives, so long as the termination is not based on a specifically protected reason (like your religion).


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