Is it illegal to take photos of a coworker under a safety concern? Michigan.

This has already been done…. I took a pic of a fellow employee doing something I
thought was unsafe and sent it to our safety coordinator anonymously. Now I’ve
been sent home for the day being accused of illegally taking pictures of someone.
Advice and links would be helpful.

Asked on September 1, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan


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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unless this action violates the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, it is legal. The fact is that as an "at will" worker, your company could suspend, terminate or otherwise discipline you for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice. The fact is that for the most part, an employer can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit, absent some form of legally actionable discrimination.

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