Can a transportation company record their drivers by turning the camera on and off without a client on board, when the driver is alone?

Also, is praying in company vehicles prohibited?

Asked on September 16, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Maryland

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, the transportation can record their drivers even when there is no client; employees may be recorded (other than in locker, changing, rest, etc. rooms, of course) whenever they are at work, at the employer's option. And while an employer must make "reasonable accommodations" for an employee's religion, they are allowed to prohibit prayer in their own facilities or vehicles; they can't stop their employees from praying on a lunch or other break, if they step outside the employer's facilities or vehicles, but can prohibit them praying while actually working or in the company vehicle.


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