Gurnee, IL asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Illinois

Q: Can my employer record private audio conversations without our consent?

We were recently made aware that not only do the district managers regularly watch video of us in the store, but they also listen into private conversations between managers and associates. We never knew the cameras also recorded audio. We are located in Illinois.

1 Lawyer Answer
George W. Svoboda
George W. Svoboda
Answered
  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Wadsworth, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: You should not assume a right to privacy when working at your employer's business. About the only place you have a right to privacy when working is in the bathroom stall. Security video recordings are legal under the Federal "one-party" consent rule, which means only the employer needs to consent to the recording. You were aware that you were being recorded, you just didn't know the recording included sound. Bad assumption on your part.

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