Is Your Boss Doing Something Illegal? 187 It's important to realize this. We develop our perceptions of people in a number of ways. One of these is whether they are educated, dress well, and can communicate well. Often bosses fare well on all of these, so we tend to think they are not prone to the same human foibles that less-presentable people have. Let's define what we're talking about here when we use the term "clearly illegal." We are talking about actions that, if proven, are against federal, state, or local laws and would be punishable by the legal system if the person is found guilty. That could include any of the following: · · · · · · · · · · · Theft Assault (sexual or otherwise) Fraud Embezzlement Bribery Uttering threats Illegal drug use or distribution Driving under the influence Workplace safety violations Obstruction of justice (destroying evidence) Insider trading and stock manipulation Clearly all of these are serious crimes, which is why we have laws against them. Rumor Versus Fact