Many employers use surveillance cameras to improve security and reduce the risk of fraudulent workers’ compensation claims. Companies certainly have the right to use video cameras to protect themselves, but employees also need to know how they can protect themselves from unlawful surveillance.
Legal and Illegal Surveillance at Work
Installing a video camera in a break room or meeting room might make employees feel a little violated, but it is perfectly legal to install surveillance equipment in those areas. Employers, however, are not allowed to put cameras in areas that are typically considered “private.” This includes restrooms and changing rooms where employees expect a certain level of privacy.
As a general rule, employers can put cameras anywhere where they could legally watch you. Obviously they can’t watch you change or use the restroom, so they cannot put cameras in those areas.
Notifying Employees of Surveillance
In some cases, employers have to inform their workers that they are being filmed. This makes sense for both parties. Employees need to know that they are being filmed so that they feel less violated; employers to need make the presence of cameras known to improve security and reduce fraudulent claims.
The majority of big and small businesses now use security cameras to protect themselves and their employees. If you work for such a business, you need to know your rights so that you never feel threatened or violated. If you think that an employee has put cameras in an inappropriate place, you might need to discuss this with the manager or contact a lawyer for advice.
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