can I opt out of using a fingerprint scanner to clock in and out of work?

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can I opt out of using a fingerprint scanner to clock in and out of work?

My workplace just got a fingerprint scanner for clocking in at work. They haven’t installed it yet. I really do not want to use this technology. What can I do to opt out of this without getting fired?

Asked on January 7, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Wisconsin

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No, you cannot. That is unless you have protection under the terms of an applicable union agreement or employment contract. Also, such an action must not be based on some form of legally actionable discrimination or retalaition (which it's not). Otherwise, as an "at will" worker, your company can set the condtions of employment much as it sees fit. For your part, you can either comply and use this scanner, complain but risk termination, or quit.


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