Can managers put up cameras singling out one employee in the office

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Can managers put up cameras singling out one employee in the office

I have worked for a small air conditioning company for 12 years. The owner recently died, and the manager is taking over the office working alongside with the wife of the owner. He has recently put up security cameras in the back to see the trucks , and in the front to see the front door of the office, but has installed 2 cameras inside the office both pointing at my desk. They cover all of my work area and are recording me the entire time I’m there. The other employee does not have a camera on her. I feel like my every move is recorded, and I makes me so anxious and creeped out, that I don’t even want to go to work anymore. Is it fair for employers to single out one employee in the office, when they say they’re doing it

for security reasons and not do it with any of the other employees?

Asked on February 8, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

So long as you have been notified of the taping then it is not illegal. An employer has a legitimate business interest in such action for security purposes. If it chooses to just subject 1 employee to this scrutiny is not against the law, again so long as the employee is made aware that they are being taped. This is true unless this action is some way constitutes a form of legally actionable discrimination or violates the terms of a union agreement/employment contract. The fact is that in an "at will" employment relationship, a company can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit and deems necessary. Accordingly, you can either accept the situation, complain but risk termination, or quit.


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