Washington, DC asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Maryland

Q: Is it legal for your employer to get video surveillance and proof of purchase receipts from another establishment?

My partner was the only person terminated from her job (out of 4)when the company was told employees were seen consuming alcohol on lunch break at a restaurant. An employee of walmart went to the location and confiscated receipts and video prooving the employees were drinking. Despite the other 3 employees having a drink my partner was the only one terminated for doing so. My Partner was also the only African American involved.

1 Lawyer Answer

Joseph D. Allen

Answered
  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Hunt Valley, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: There does not appear to be anything wrong or illegal about gathering the surveillance video and receipts. However, if the only employee that was fired was not drinking (the video should back this up)- and the only one fired- this could potentially be a discrimination claim. Your partner should discuss with a labor and employment attorney.

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