Nashville, TN asked in Employment Law and Business Law for Tennessee

Q: i got in trouble for a conversation I had in the break room. I never consented to recording. Is that illegal?

I was having a conversation with some coworkers about our bosses. The convo was heated, and all the employees were upset. We all got called out and in trouble for talking bad, but the only way they knew was from the camera recording in the corner. There was no consent i signed to be audio recorded. Is that illegal, or what can I do? I want to quit this job now that I don’t feel my conversations or life is private.

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Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II

A: Video or audio taping of a person without their knowledge or consent can be "wiretapping," and it is illegal in most states. The issue is are there any warning signs at the workplace that advise you there is taping or are security cameras in place? If so, you have been provided warning. Your consent is implied by continuing to work there. You are probably an "at will" employee and you can quit at any time without a reason or notice. You don't have to consent to provide information at any exit interview either. Thank you for using Justia ask a lawyer.

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