A Georgia Man sues ex-boss after ‘pocket dial’ costs him his job


James Stephens put his cellphone in his pocket after hanging up with his boss one evening in January 2016. Minutes later he realized that he’d accidentally pocket-dialed his boss, Georgia Subsequent Injury Trust Fund Director Mike Coan, who is a former state lawmaker. By then, he’d had a conversation with his wife about, among other things, his boss’ job performance. Not liking what he heard, the boss told Stephens he could resign or he could be fired when he arrived at work the next day. In a civil lawsuit Stephens says his boss violated his privacy by listening to the pocket-dialed conversation. That’s right — a guy accidentally called his boss, complained about his boss to his wife as the boss listened on the other end of the line, and is now suing because the boss listened.


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