Can I be sued or fired for recording a meeting at work for my own notes only?

I am a direct sales rep with a cable company today we had a team meeting the manager said to take notes I did not have pen and paper on me I turned on my voice recorder on my phone. After the meeting another co-worker saw my application open on my phone and yelled out,

Asked on January 10, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Unless you have an employment contract or union agreement that allows you to make such a recording, you have no claim here. The fact is that a company can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). This is known as "at will" employment. Accordingly, you can be disciplined, up to and including termination, for any reason or no reason at all.

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Unless you have an employment contract or union agreement that allows you to make such a recording, you have no claim here. The fact is that a company can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). This is known as "at will" employment. Accordingly, you can be disciplined, up to and including termination, for any reason or no reason at all. 


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