can an employer put a camera in your office?

I am a quality technician and we have a new general manager and he is putting camera’s through out the facility. but my office is on the fare side of the office and he is not sure of what my job details are
in another words he does not know what i do

Asked on September 12, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan


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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

An employer has the right to install surveillance systems throughout the work premises, as it can serve a legitimate business interest (i.e. prevent against theft, undue socializing, etc.). However, this should be disclosed to all employees before being done. That having been said, while it is legal to install video equipment in offoces and common areas such as hallways, lobbies and the like, it is not legal to do so in bathrooms, changing areas and other areas where there is an expectation of privacy.

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