Can my employer use cameras or video surveillance to watch me while at work?

By: LawInfo

Your employer generally can use selected types of surveillance in the workplace, so long as there is a legitimate business purpose for doing so. For instance, employers often security cameras for the safety of their workers and customers, in order to discourage theft and other crimes by workers or customers, and/or to ensure that workers are not engaging in inappropriate or unproductive behavior. Plus, some states have laws that restrict or prohibit the usage of certain types of surveillance devices in the workplace; furthermore, surveillance is not usually permissible in certain areas, such as restrooms or employee changing areas. Additionally, your employer typically is required to tell you that surveillance is present in your workplace. 

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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