Is it legal for an employer to make you monitor/report on your co-worker?

My boss has us monitoring and reporting on our co-workers’ work every shift we have. I am ideas tossed around that it is not.

Asked on August 22, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Minnesota

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

There is no law against such monitoring/reporting. In fact, it is quite common to ensure the quality of the work being performed, that company policy is being complied with, etc. This is true absent some form of legally actionable discrimination/retaliation or the breach of the terms of an employment contract or union agreement. Bottom line, a company can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit. This includes having workers monitor and/or report on their co-workers.


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