I have an employee who appears to be a habitual liar. She lies about lying. Do I have a right to ask for her marriage cert.?

This employee lies about lying and it appears to have all begun with her application where she wrote the incorrect last name. All her other personal id’s stated the maiden name and yet she was claiming to be previously divorced and now remarried. There are tall stories daily and I’m completely fed up with it. Do I have the legal right or not to ask/demand proof of marriage?

A: If her marital status is legitimately connected to her employment, then you are authorized to ask her to verify it by some legitimate means. A marriage certificate might be one of those means, but I do not think it would be advisable to demand to see the marriage certificate unless that is the only way to answer whatever legitimate employment-related inquiry you have.

* This answer does not constitute legal advice. I am admitted in the State of Arizona only. This advice is based on general principles of law that may or may not relate to your specific situation. Facts and laws change and these possible changes will affect the advice provided here. You should not rely on this advice alone, and nothing in these communications creates an attorney-client relationship.

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Answered by Arizona Employment Lawyer
Re-posted from AVVO Legal Questions & Answers.

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