Can I record my employer?

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Can I record my employer?

Hello. I live in California. I have an employer where I have signed an agreement
to being video/audio recorded while at work. Is this reciprocal? Assuming my
employer is on premises would I be in the clear to record our HR or salary
negotiation meetings?

Asked on April 26, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

CA is what is known as an "all party" consent state. This means that under most circumstances, the consent of all parties to a conversation is needed in order to legally record it. This is why your employer had you sign the agreement that you did. As to whether or not that agreement is reciprocal, read the agreement and see what it says. If it doesn't specifically address your right to record a conversation with your employer then you cannot not do it unless you first get your employer's permission.

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

CA is what is known as an "all party" consent state. This means that under most circumstances, the consent of all parties to a conversation is needed in order to legally record it. This is why your employer had you sign the agreement that you did. As to whether or not that agreement is reciprocal, read the agreement and see what it says. If it doesn't specifically address your right to record a conversation with your employer then you cannot not do it unless you first get your employer's permission.


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