Monroe, MI asked in Employment Law for Michigan

Q: Is it legal for the building owner at my work (not my boss) to audio record our conversations at work?

We rent half of a warehouse and they have security cameras but we didn't know they recorded audio. The building owner is mad because his employee quit and now works with us and has been recording our audio trying to get us in trouble with our boss. He emailed a video of us to my boss as "evidence" (no crimes committed, just gossiping) and he forwarded it to me and that's how we found out she was audio recording us on her security cameras. Is this even legal? I feel like its created such a negative environment.

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: It certainly can create a negative environment. Whether it's unlawful is a different question, and to a large extent depends on what your company's lease says. Regardless, it sounds like your new colleague was wise to come on over.

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