Can my employer demand that I set up surveillance camera to each and every job site that I’m on

Can my employer demand that I set up
surveillance camera to each and every
job site that I’m on. We work at private
residences doing masonry restoration.
We feel that it violates our rights and
dad of the residence of which we are
on and they are threatening to
terminate every employee if they don’t
comply with their demands.

Asked on August 24, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Employers must provide notice, in writing, to all employees that video surveillance is being used and where it is being used. They must also state the areas that are off limits from such surveillance. Legally, there is no “expectation of privacy” in public areas but there is in private area such as bathrooms. Accordingly, it is perfectly legal for your employer to have you do this. That is unless there is some  form of legally actionable discriminaion at play or this action violates the terms of an employment contract or union/collective bargaining agreement. Otherwise, most companies can set the conditions of employment much as they see fit.


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