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Tiger Drives Home a Lesson: Be Careful with Voice Mails

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Personal voice mail messages are in the news this month. They can come back to haunt you, as Tiger Woods found out when he left evidence of his infidelity on voice mail. But what about leaving a voice mail message for a co-worker or subordinate? One court said, “Beware!” They can be smoking guns aimed directly at the employer’s wallet ...


Case in Point: Hope Ford worked as a server at Maxi's Food & Spirit Barn. She waited tables upstairs in the bar where her wages and tips were better than downstairs in the restaurant. Maxi’s was co-owned by Harry DeShone and Barbara Court. Court’s daughter also worked at Maxi’s.

One day, Ford mentioned to Court’s daughter that she was pregnant. The daughter recommended she not tell anyone for fear Ford would lose her job. Nevertheless, the daughter told her mom that Ford was pregnant.

Shortly thereafter, the daughter left a voice mail message for Ford informing her tha...(register to read more)

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robert September 15, 2010 at 10:13 am

very interesting——but if a voice mail is left to an employee and it can be misinterpreted by the receipent at which point the employee deliberatley breaks all policies using the voicemail as her security—-where does that leave employer??? as this employee would be untouchable in the workplace–thus causing the business to loose money.


jdd December 11, 2009 at 11:52 am

Not too bright!


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