More than 35 percent of American companies admit that they record employee phone calls or voice mail, check employee computer files and e-mail, or videotape employees at work, according to a survey by the American Management Association. Because such tools as the phone, computer and even incoming mail all fall within the employer’s domain, it has a legal right to snoop under some circumstances. While certain state and federal laws safeguard individuals’ right to privacy at work, it’s still advisable for workers not to assume they’re alone. Lawyers caution that if employers spy on workers in public places, such as installing hidden video cameras in bathrooms, they should obtain workers’ written consent first. Source: Investor’s Business Daily, Sept. 25, 1997.
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