The Importance Of Employee Privacy

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Register to read the introduction… Employers can even videotape employees in public areas, even in locker rooms and restrooms. It does not matter if the employee works in an open area or in an enclosed office, the office space does not belong to the employee. If the employer has reason to believe that a company policy has been violated they can take precautionary measures to protect the company’s best interest. Employees would not reasonably expect to be videotaped by their employee if the policy regarding company equipment and monitoring did not identify videotaping and they were not notified by their employer. “The California Supreme Court unanimously ruled Aug. 3, 2009, that an employer did not invade two female employees’ privacy when it set up a hidden video camera in their office. The ruling in Hernandez v. Hillsides (No. S147552) is a narrow one and contains “something for both employers and employees,” Los Angeles-based Proskauer Rose partner Anthony Oncidi told SHRM Online. It is “helpful to employees in further establishing a right to privacy in the workplace. On the other hand, the court states a pretty high bar as to what an employer must do to violate the right to privacy. The action must be highly offensive or an egregious violation of the employee’s privacy rights. The court seems to accept that “the workplace is naturally going to involve compromises in privacy rights that one would …show more content…
This monitoring includes e-mails, telephone calls, internet, videotaping, and text messaging. Violations of the policy could result in consequences and repercussions including termination. According to the 2007 Electronic Monitoring and Surveillance Survey: * “28% of employers who have fired workers for e-mail misuse did so for the following reasons: violation of any company policy (64%); inappropriate or offensive language (62%); excessive personal use (26%); breach of confidentiality rules (22%); other (12%). * Six percent of employers have fired employees for misuse or private use of office phones. Fully 45% monitor time spent and numbers called, and another 16% record phone conversations. An additional 9% monitor employees’ voicemail messages. Most employers notify employees of phone (84%) and voicemail (73%) monitoring” * “Almost half (48%) of the companies surveyed use video monitoring to counter theft, violence and sabotage. Only 7% use video surveillance to track employees’ on-the-job performance. Most employers notify employees of anti-theft video surveillance (78%) and performance-related video monitoring (89%)”

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