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my empolyer came to my house on my day off to accuse me of time card fruad is this legal

Asked on June 11, 2009 under Employment Labor Law, California

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Are you asking whether your employer can accuse you of "time card fraud"? The answer is that if he accuses you privately, yes--there is no restriction on what we can say to each other. If he accused you publicly, or in front of other people, and you can prove you did not commit fraud, he may have slandered you and you might have a cause of action against him.

If you are asking whether you employer can come to your home to discuss employment matters, the answer is yes--it is unusual and possibly inappropriate, but not illegal.

Is the employer you refer to the top manager or owner of the business? If he's not, and if you can show that his claims or allegations were wrong, you might want to bring this to the attention of a higher-level manager--even if not illegal, the behavior may be highly unusual and inappropriate. (Of course, if you have committed "time card fraud," your employer may have been trying to keep the discussion private by having it at your home, not at the office.)


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