Technological advancements have increased the amount of security and surveillance in the workplace. Cameras and other types of surveillance equipment are legal, but there are several laws and constraints for the employers. The law has set certain legal limitations for using surveillance equipment, and employers must abide by these regulations. Employers who violate these regulations may face severe ramifications.
Surveillance laws are mostly regulated by state statutes, but there are some general rules that all employers must follow to avoid any complications. There should be a legitimate reason for the employer to use security cameras around the workplace. Employees are usually used to encountering security cameras in the workplace. But they must always be informed about the presence of security cameras in a room. Furthermore, cameras that record audio can cause problems for employers because they violate federal wiretapping laws. Audio surveillance is far more serious, and employers might run the risk of breaking strict eavesdropping laws.
The location of security cameras at the workplace is also a controversial subject. The law gives employers the right to monitor common areas of the workplace. But the privacy of employees is also important, and there are certain areas where security cameras are prohibited. Employers may not place security cameras in places where people expect to have privacy. Some examples of a private room are changing rooms, washrooms and break rooms. In case an employer has to place cameras in an inappropriate location due to security reasons, all employees must be notified.
If you feel that your privacy in the workplace was violated by the employer, it is advisable to contact an experienced employment lawyer. The attorney will explain your rights and try to make sure your rights are protected.