Is video/audio survellance legal without an employee’s consent?

I refuse to give my consent. Can I be fired for this?

Asked on July 1, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Texas


B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You have the right to privacy in your own home, and some privacy rights in your vehicle... however, you don't have the same rights in the workplace.  This means that employers can, and often do, record many workplace activities.  As long as it's related to the work function-- they can require the recording as a condition of employment.  They can't require recording of off-work time.  Texas is also an at-will employment state.  This means that the parties can terminate the employment relationship at any time.  If your employer changes the conditions of your employment (as you have described) and they require your acceptance of the changes, then your refusal could cause your employer to terminate your employment. 

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