Is it aganist the law to call an employee in the office and ask them if they called the ethics hotline? If so what law is being violated?

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There might be violations of several different laws depending upon the circumstances.  Was the employee a person whose professional rules require him/her to report unethical conduct by other members of the profession?  Was the employee terminated or disciplined in any way?  It is impossible to answer this question accurately with the information given, but there may be violations of state and federal whistleblower statutes, as well as violations of professional rules.  If this is more than an academic question, I would encourage you to find an attorney who practices employment/wrongful termination law in your jurisdiction and ask if they work on a contingent fee basis and offer free consultations.  A great many will.

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