Is it illegal for a manager to ask around about who I am sleeping with?

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Is it illegal for a manager to ask around about who I am sleeping with?

I recently found out that my manager has been asking around about who I am sleeping with. I

am a happily married man but because my wife works and lives in a different state, so he assumes that I am cheating on her. I took this job about 2 years ago, with plans on my wife

moving down later. Her employer didn’t want to lose her, so they gave her an offer that was

hard to refuse. For me, my manager crossed a personal line that I can not forgive. I will be

leaving this job in the near future. I cannot work for someone that I feel has violated my

personal life. I was just wondering if this was a violation of any employment laws.

Asked on February 18, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Missouri

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

While highly unprofessional, this action is not illegal. There is a legal remedy for a "hostile workplace enviornment" but that has to do with harrassing behavior due to a person's race, religion, gender, nationality, disability, gender, etc. And the behavior that you describe does not qualify for legal action. Your only other recourse would be if your treatment violated the terms of a union agreement or employment contract. Bottom line, for the most part a company can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit.


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