Question:

Its has happened on several locations that my boss has asked me if a specific group of coworkers have been doing their job. This information can be found with out actually going through me, by simply checking the company database. I feel every time i answer, saying no and giving specifics based on each person, that I am engaging in loshon hara… is that true? Or do I have an obligation to answer even if he obtain such answer with out asking anyone directly? If it is loshon hara can i ask him to please keep me out of it (i won’t be penalized by doing so) and remind him that the info can be obtained through the database?

Answer:

If you will not be penalized in any way I suggest you tell him politely that you prefer to keep out of it.

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