Audio recording at my job

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Audio recording at my job

I am a private chef and have been w/ my
clients almost 2 1/2 years. I work in their home.
There has been some theft recently, so I
understand the video cameras but there is also
audio recording. I am not ok with this.
Apparently there will be consent forms to sign.
What are my rights and can I be fired if I dont
sign. This is NY but I also work in CA at one of
their properties.

Asked on May 24, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, New York

Answers:

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

An employer can audio record in the workplace with the consent of its employees. If an employee refuses to give their consent then, absent an employment contract or union agreement to the contrary, they can be discharged. In fact, in such an "at will" situation, a worker can be terminated for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice.


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