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I received a notice from my company that we will now be conducting audio/video mystery shops. They want me to sign that I agree to being audio and videotaped, and say I have no choice whether or not to consent. I work for a residential apartment company in Texas.
This seems like a violation of my rights....is this legal for them to force me to consent to being videotaped without my knowledge?
Thank you and for your patience. As I only now saw your follow up to my info request and so the Answer is
It is not a violation of your rights - as long as they are giving you notice of the audio surveillance
No notice is required for simple video
Now you do not have to consent. However, you are an "at will" employee and as such they can terminate you for not going along or agreeing to their company Policy.
I suggest you can click onto this link which is an employer handbook from the Texas Labor Board and on this issue on or about page 78 it states the following
Video Surveillance • Same basic rules as for telephone monitoring-if only video is recorded, notice and consent are not mandatory (but are a good did - see below)
-if audio is recorded, notice and consent are required (for customers, place a notice on the door that the premises are subject to video monitoring) •
So if I don't consent they can just fire me?
I honestly don't feel comfortable with the video/audio monitoring...I already am on camera at work, but the whole button-camera with audio thing just seems like a complete invasion of my personal space/privacy.
But I guess if I don't like it, my only way to get around it is to find another job. That seems so messed up.
Yes, unless you have an employment contract then you can just be fired.
It is as any other policy that they may legally implement. They are not breaking any laws in this regard
I am not sure how or why you rated in the negative.
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I would appreciate you considering a change of raring as such a negative rating when true and correct information is provided works towards precluding me from helping others
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