Employee Rights vs. Video Surveillance SystemsBusiness owners know that CCTV cameras help them in several ways. Video surveillance systems don’t only help identify workers who are stealing, but they also deter employees who are tempted to steal. The cameras also help monitor the work habits of employees.

However, the cameras are not there just to ‘catch’ workers in the act of doing something amiss. Just as employees use the cameras to monitor bad work habits, they can also see dedication and efficiency.

Most workers understand the need to monitor the workplace and accept the fact that video surveillance systems are installed for this reason. However, they are not prepared to have their most private moments being recorded. They demand and expect a certain degree of privacy and, as such, the state and federal laws oblige them.

Before cameras can be installed, business owners must prove that they have a legitimate, reasonable purpose. Moreover, most states require that employers notify their workers that the premises are under surveillance. Generally, hidden cameras are not permitted.

State and federal courts have ruled that the installation of video surveillance systems in the workplace is not illegal, but the intent must be examined. For instance, cameras may not be installed in locker rooms or restrooms where people change their clothes. In some states, cameras are disallowed in lounge areas, as well. The installation of video surveillance systems in these areas could leave business owners open to litigation under tort laws.

If you are considering installing video surveillance systems on your premises, you should first familiarize yourself with the state and federal laws regarding privacy by contacting your state labor department.


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