If aco-worker is keeping track of my actions at work and reporting them to my boss, is this a violation of my rights?

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If aco-worker is keeping track of my actions at work and reporting them to my boss, is this a violation of my rights?

I came across a paper today on a co-worker’s desk with my name and another person’s name (also another employee), with details on every phone call we make, every conversation we have with other employees or with each other, and every time we use the internet. I have a copy of this paper, which includes dates, times, and incidents. I need to know if this is a violation of any of my rights. Mind you, we were not notified of any such surveillance.

Asked on October 20, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Maryland

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If you work for a business that has an employee-employer handbook, you need to carefully read it in that it sets forth the protocol concerning what is expected of all employees at your place of employment as well as the protocol of the employer in turn to the employee.

If your office employee-employer handbook has no mention of another co-employee being prohibited from monitoring another emplyee's conduct at work as you have written in your question, then there appears to be nothing wrong with what you have seen.

Apparently there have been some complaints about you and another employee and you are being monitored. I see no violation of any rights you have at work.

Good luck.


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