I'm hoping to get some insights about the legality of hiring a witness to gather evidence.
This person would be an unaffiliated third-party that simply listens in on a co-worker conversation from an adjacent cafe table, in hopes of catching an admission of guilt.
There's no case, unless the co-worker provides an admission of guilt (e.g. "Yeah, I gave you an impossible deadline so you would fail and give big boss a reason to can you.").
My goal is simply to get a witness-signed transcript of the conversation, as someone told me it's almost impossible to legally record people in California with electronic devices.
Is it legal to hire someone to witness this or do they need legal credentials? Could I be exposed to any liabilities? ... Any gotchas?
My alternative is to pay a detective, which would be more expensive, and if I need to pay one to show up in court, it would also be more pricey.