Someone I know paid around $1000 last year to consult lawyers regarding a threatening letter from a former employer related to company confidential information where they threatened lawsuit and contacting their current employer regarding confidentiality agreements but there was no lawsuit eventually. The lawyer gave the person advice and that was pretty much the end of it.
Year 2018 taxes, Form 529 says this and it's a legal expense that was incurred trying to defend against a former employer:
"You can deduct legal expenses that are related to doing or keeping your job, such as those you paid to defend yourself against criminal charges arising out of your trade or business."
Does this legal expense qualify as the expense covered under this category?
Which forms and lines to deduct them in federal and CA state, as above-the-line deductions?