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Is video surveillance of a common workplace lunch area shared between two companies legal in PA? Surveillance is only recorded, known and displayed to one of the two companies. The other company employees were unaware until recently.

Lawyer's Assistant: Have the employees discussed this with a manager or HR? Or with a lawyer?

No. Just curious.

Lawyer's Assistant: Is the workplace "at will" or union? Is the job hourly or salaried?

At will

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I’m sorry to hear about your situation. The law in PA doesn't specifically prohibit an employer from setting up video surveillance in their workplace (e.g. a grocery store is an example of a company that may) but there are limits if the intrusion is unreasonable.

This appears to me to be the tort of intrusion upon seclusion. What is required for an intrusion upon seclusion claim is that the plaintiff must show:

1.That the plaintiff had a reasonable expectation of privacy (for example, bathrooms, locker rooms, etc.)

2. That the defendant intentionally intruded in that place;

3. The defendant’s intrusion would be highly offensive to a reasonable person;

4. That the plaintiff was harmed;

5. If the plaintiff is asserting more than one privacy right, give an introductory

In your case, if people would have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the lunch area, then you and the other employees would have a cause of action to at least ask a small claims court judge to have them take down the cameras.

You may want to consider just writing a cease and desist letter advising about the merits of the claim. There’s a site that I’ve used in the past where you can find a good template cease and desist letter (click here). Lawyers use letters like these often to enforce their client’s rights. It only costs $10 and it is way cheaper than litigation.

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