Can a upper manager review store security cameras to check on a manager who has done nothing wrong?

Area manager reviewed store security video watch the movement of department
manager who is also the manager in charge for that night.

Asked on August 12, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Yes, this can be done. Videotaping workers is legal so long as it is limited to their job performance and work activities. Accordingly, a company may videotape employees in order to prevent employee theft, to confirm that company policy is being followed, etc. That having been said, such recordings may violate an employee's right to privacy if they are videotaped in areas that are considered private such as bathrooms, locker rooms, break rooms, etc. Further, employers must provide written notice that video surveillance is being conducted and where it is being used, as well as state the areas that are off limits from such surveillance.

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Yes, this can be done. Videotaping workers is legal so long as it is limited to their job performance and work activities. Accordingly, a company may videotape employees in order to prevent employee theft, to confirm that company policy is being followed, etc. That having been said, such recordings may violate an employee's right to privacy if they are videotaped in areas that are considered private such as bathrooms, locker rooms, break rooms, etc. Further, employers must provide written notice that video surveillance is being conducted and where it is being used, as well as state the areas that are off limits from such surveillance.


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