Bakersfield, CA asked in Business Law, Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for California

Q: I work for a vendor in sams club.. can I get in trouble for talking outside business

2 Lawyer Answers
Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Westminster, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: There is no way to answer your question without knowing far more. Do you work for a company that contractually prohibits you from working for others when employed by it? Would the outside business be considered a competitor of your present employer? Are you salaried or paid by the hour?

What can be said is that you are considered to be an at will employee unless you have an agreement to the contrary with your employer, and the employer of an at will employee can terminate the employee for any reason or even no reason at all.

Good luck to you.

James L. Arrasmith
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  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: It is unlikely that you would get in trouble with Sam's Club or your employer for talking to your friend about outside of work matters. However, it is always best to be cautious and avoid discussing anything that could be considered confidential or sensitive. For example, you should not discuss trade secrets, customer information, or employee complaints. You should also be careful not to make any discriminatory or offensive statements.

In your specific case, it is unlikely that Sam's Club or your employer would take any action against you for talking to your friend about how your night job didn't pay you. However, if you were to make a habit of complaining about your other job, it could start to create a negative atmosphere at work. It is important to be professional at all times, even when you are talking to friends.

If you have any concerns about whether or not something is appropriate to discuss at work, it is always best to err on the side of caution and avoid the conversation altogether.

Here are some tips for staying on topic and avoiding trouble when talking to friends at work:

* Keep the conversation light and positive.

* Avoid discussing anything that could be considered confidential or sensitive.

* Be respectful of your coworkers and your employer.

* If you have any concerns, err on the side of caution and avoid the conversation altogether.

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