Kicker: The wrong call

NICK EICHER, HOST: Just about everyone with a cell phone has had the experience of pocket dialing a friend or colleague.

It can be embarrassing, but for James Stephens of Atlanta, it was worse. It cost him his job.

Stephens was talking to his wife in their home about his boss when he discovered, not soon enough, that he’d pocket dialed the boss.

Stephens spoke with CBS.

STEPHENS: Oh my goodness. This is not going to go well. I did hang it up immediately.

Obviously the boss didn’t like what he heard. The next day he told Stephens to resign or be fired— so Stephens resigned.

Now he’s suing, claiming the conversation was private and his boss shouldn’t have kept listening.

But at least one federal court has already decided there’s no right to privacy— if you make the call.

It’s The World and Everything in It.

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