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Regarding a workplace related defamation case, during the interrogatories can you be compelled to answer questions about your personal life which are outside the scope of the case itself? For example,could you be compelled to reveal finances or investments? What you do in the privacy of your own home? Or, what movies have you downloaded on your satellite? What about disclosure of your web browsing activities, etc?
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John, thank you for your reply.
I am a healthcare contracts negotiator. The matter involves extremely challenging and heated negotiations subsequent to an RFP and possible contract renewal for medical products worth say roughly $150 M dollars per year, for 3 to 5 years, (big money sir) with a very large well known vendor resorting to dirty tricks to get me off the negotiations ( I was winning big time).
The vendor has filed an false ethics complaint with us, which means under our Code of Ethics Policy, I was immediately suspended by HR pending investigation. Because their allegations are all hearsay, but nothing can be proven yes or no, (use your imagination) I will most likely be terminated. The old "these are some pretty bad allegations, hmm, must have some merit, if not even s,o just the appearance of such means we followed our HR process, and there is nothing we can do, so we have to let you go routine...
Hence, terminated or not, my only real potential remedy is against the vendor in the form of a defamation action. Or possibly a case could be made they conspired to gain a contract, I am sure you see where I am going with all that. Very heady stuff.
I assume, if I moved forward, we would eventually settle in a few years, as most all suits of this nature do, but my concern was their ability to probe my personal life, marriage(s), courthouse records, digital footprint, financial records, emails, phone calls, or whatever activities, etc.
So, if I understand your reply, you are saying such inquiries are answered by questioning the relevance to the case. Seems it still leaves the door pretty wide open. Kind of what I figured. What I was looking for is that / shouldn't that / scrutiny be confined to my work at the office only?
Then, what kind of housekeeping do you to face that eventuality?
As I did not share all of the sob story prior, thanks, XXXXX XXXXX and I will be glad to affirm satisfaction so you can get paid!!
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Hope this helps. Thanks
John, excellent, yes, very helpful, thanks.
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