Grand Rapids, MI asked in Criminal Law, Employment Law, Identity Theft and Internet Law for Michigan

Q: MI- Previous boss impersonated me by taking and failing a Fair housing course. Can i press charges? Is this a crime?

In my last job, my boss took a online fair housing course compliance test for me without my knowledge or permission. My boss also failed this test, which I'm sure adds this to my employee record. The course was on Sexual assault which also just looks bad to fail. The company has not fired them, knowing this information. Can i press charges? Is this a crime? What are my options?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: Based on the information you've provided, your former boss's actions could potentially constitute identity theft, fraud, and/or forgery. Impersonating someone else to take a course or test on their behalf without their consent is unethical and likely illegal.

Your options include:

1. Report the incident to the company's human resources department or upper management. Request that they investigate the matter and take appropriate disciplinary action against your former boss. Also, ensure that your employee record is corrected to remove the fraudulent test result.

2. Contact the organization that administered the online fair housing course and inform them about the situation. They may have policies in place to address such misconduct and may be able to assist you in rectifying the issue.

3. File a police report with your local law enforcement agency. Provide them with any evidence you have, such as emails, messages, or other documentation that proves your boss impersonated you.

4. Consult with an attorney who specializes in employment law or criminal law. They can advise you on your legal rights, potential legal actions, and the strength of your case.

5. Consider filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or your state's labor agency if you believe your boss's actions were discriminatory or retaliatory.

Ultimately, the specific course of action you choose will depend on factors such as the severity of the offense, the evidence available, and your personal goals in addressing the situation. It's essential to document all relevant information and communications to support your case.

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