How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Ben Jones Your Own Question
Ben Jones
Ben Jones, UK Lawyer
Category: UK Employment Law
Satisfied Customers: 47355
Experience:  Qualified Employment Solicitor - Please start your question with 'For Ben Jones'
Type Your UK Employment Law Question Here...
Ben Jones is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

being taped without consent

This answer was rated:

I had a row with a person at work and he switched on his mobile without my seeing this and taped me. He then played this to third parties. Is this illegal? Also the team of colleagues who should be interviewing me to sort the row out listened to the tape. Is this illegal? The person who taped me is bringing an allegation of intimidation against me. 

Ben Jones : Hello, my name is XXXXX XXXXX it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. Has the employer taken any formal action against you?

The employee is bringing an allegation of intimidation against me. No formal action taken so far.

Ben Jones :

Hello, secret recordings of conversations between individuals are not illegal. Legally, they would need to obtain your consent to distribute the recording to third parties, however preventing that is not easy at all and would involve getting a court injunction, which can be expensive and uncertain.


Whilst you may be facing a complaint by a colleague, you are not prevented from making a complaint against them at the same time, if you believe that they have not acted appropriately or that their complaint was malicious. You can also include the covert recording in your grievance.


As to the colleagues who listened to the tape, in what way are they resolving these issues? Are they a mediation team appointed by the employer?


The employees who listened to the tape were doing so in order to investigate my colleague's allegation.

Ben Jones :

the tape would be part of evidence into the allegations, they can listen to it as part of their investigation


OK - that's my questions answered. Thank you

Ben Jones :

You are most welcome. Please take a second to leave a positive rating for the advice I have provided as that is an important part of our process. Thank you and all the best

Ben Jones and other UK Employment Law Specialists are ready to help you