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Levy and Associates installed a hidden camera in its offices after several employees complained of theft. The secret cameras were installed in the area where only female employees worked because a manager had a "feeling" that they were the ones responsible for the thefts. The surveillance cameras rotated 360 degrees and filmed office activities 24 hours a day. Employees, Mary and Joan, frequently changed their clothing in the employee locker room after their lunchtime workouts. They were upset when the video surveillance camera briefly filmed them in their underwear when the door to the locker room was opened by a co-worker. After learning about the video surveillance, Jack, a male co-worker, e-mailed crude cartoons making fun of the size and color of the ladies' underwear.

Did Levy and Associates invade its employees' right to privacy by installing secret cameras in its office?
With respect to the accidental locker room surveillance, did Levy an Associates invade Mary and Joan's right to privacy? Explain.

Now consider Jack's behavior.
How should management address Jack's use of the company e-mail to embarrass his co-workers?
Outline a technology use policy which prevents discrimination and harassment.

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Did Levy and Associates invade its employees' right to privacy by installing secret cameras in its office?

Yes, and what they did is illegal because of how they situated the camera. According to the law, no camera can be placed where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy. Such places would include locker rooms, bathrooms, changing rooms, swimming pool shower rooms, and so forth. To make matters worse in this case, the employees that are changing are not even aware that the camera is there, so they can't do anything to shield themselves from standing near it, because it catches the entrance of the locker room. If the camera were situated as to where it would not film ANY area that has a reasonable expectation of privacy, the court would find that the camera is not in violation of the law, but as it is now, it definitely is illegal.

With respect to the accidental locker room surveillance, did Levy an ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides discussion on whether or not Levy and Associates violated privacy laws when they installed cameras in the workplace. References are also provided.

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