I received a shoplifting citation this past weekend. The cop that gave me the citation asked me where I worked, my worked number, where it was located, and what I did there. Is he allowed to call my job and tell them what happened? Is it normal for a cop to ask those kinds of questions? This is the first time I've ever been in trouble with anything so I'm cluelessm
Yes, he can call your employer. However, he was probably asking for the information in case he needed to track you down later. I do not see a reason why he would want to contact your employer if the citation is unrelated to your work.
Kirk J. Angel is an experienced North Carolina licensed attorney who focuses his practice on employment law. Mr. Angel, who has focused on employment law for more than 14 years, represents clients throughout North Carolina and more information about him is available at www.theangellawfirm.com This response is for general informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice. Additionally, this response does not create an attorney client relationship. If you need legal advice, please contact a lawyer in your state who practices in the appropriate area.
If you gave the officer the contact number, there is nothing stopping him from contacting your employer or you at work and supplying accurate information. Keep in mind that many states, including Wisconsin where I practice law, it is illegal to discriminate against an employee for their arrest or conviction record. You should also remember for future reference that there is nothing that requires you to answer the officer's personal questions about your employment situation.
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