Can an employer install cameras with audio and record without consent?

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Can an employer install cameras with audio and record without consent?

My employer installed security cameras a few months ago and I have notice and asked the installer if it records audio. He said yes and mention it was against the law without consent. The installer said he was going to unplug it but it looks plugged in again. I work in the medical field.

Asked on August 10, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

CA is what is know as an "all party" consent state. This means that everyone who is part of the conversation that is to be recorded must first give their consent. The exceptions to this are if the parties to the call are clearly notified that the conversation will be recorded (e.g. your employer posts a sign) and they engage in the conversation anyway or the recording takes place in a public area (e.g. workplace lobby, hallways, etc.) so that there then is no "expectation of privacy". 


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