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Audio and video surveillance

Discussion in 'Employment, Labor, Work Issues' started by John12345, Dec 16, 2019.

  1. John12345

    John12345 Law Topic Starter New Member

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    Hello everyone,

    I was wondering if anyone can help me out with seeing if this is illlegal or not. Our company put up video surveillance about 3 years ago and only told us we were not going to be listening in with audio. And 3 years later I end up finding a camera that does both audio and video and the audio was working. This specific camera/Audio is in our breakroom/ changing area(they are kind of combinded together). They never told us about this and I was reading about audio in the breakroom which isn’t allowed but in some instances it can be.
    also I notified one of the managers and they were basically just making a joke out of it like it was true so the other employees don’t get mad.

    Can someone explain to me if this is true?
     
  2. PayrollHRGuy

    PayrollHRGuy Well-Known Member

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    Just because the camera is capable of recording audio doesn't mean that they are recording audio. Have you confirmed that the audio is recorded/monitored?

    Honestly, I'd have a lot more problem with them recording video where clothes are being changed.
     
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    army judge Super Moderator

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    If you use your right to remain silent, except when you're required to discuss your employer's business, you'll have nothing to fear because you'll be saying nothing of importance if you are recorded on audio.

    If the alleged surveillance disturbs you beyond words, you can seek employment elsewhere.

    You could hire yourself one of the best lawyers in your state for about $25,000 to make someone regret their misdeeds.
     
  4. John12345

    John12345 Law Topic Starter New Member

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    I’m not 100 percent sure if they have it recorded. But there have been timing where I’ve been approached with them asking “if I had something I wanted to tell” it just didn’t sit right with me and that’s how I ended up finding out they were listening. But in Illinois I thought if they wanted to record you or listen in on your conversations while on break. They needed the okay from employees first? Or am I mistaken on that.

    for the second part, I’m confused on it. My job says the area we change in is not considered a changing area or locker room. Even though there is 50 lockers in the area they have been recording.
     
  5. John12345

    John12345 Law Topic Starter New Member

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    It’s not that I fear them or anything. They’ve just been listening to our private conversations while off the clock.

    also i understand I could hire a lawyer, I just don’t know what could happen if I do. Or if it’s even worth it to go through with this if it doesn’t have a high chance of winning. Isn’t this considered wiretapping? In Illinois i thought I read something where it said it’s a federal crime if employers misuse video and audio in areas which they are not allowed to listen (breakroom, changing area, bathroom, etc,)?
     
  6. PayrollHRGuy

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    You think they are listening.

    Then why are you changing there? If it isn't a changing area you should not be doing so. My High School had lockers all up and down the hallway. Nobody was changing clothes in the hall.
     
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    It’s the spot that was designated. Which doesn’t make sense. My high school had the same thing but we had a separate place to change like an enclosed room.
     
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    You mean...like...a bathroom?
     
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  9. John12345

    John12345 Law Topic Starter New Member

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    No in high school we had a locker room that was meant for changing. The bathroom can’t hold 50 people at the same time when we change shifts.
     
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    You mean, a separate and enclosed room. Kind of like a bathroom.
     
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  11. PayrollHRGuy

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    No, it isn't. You said so yourself.

     
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