New developments in technology are on a collision course with the privacy of American employees. Employers monitor everything employees say and do at work by reading e-mail, eavesdropping on telephone calls, and spying on employees with hidden cameras, sometimes in bathrooms and locker rooms.
Even privacy in our private lives is under attack as employers track off-duty employees with GPS equipped cell phones and fire people for smoking and drinking in their own homes.
Our privacy is undermined even before we are hired by review of personal medical records, and genetic discrimination.
Employers have the right to expect workers not to be high or drunk on the job. But they shouldn't have the right to require employees to prove their innocence by taking a drug test.
The National Workrights Institute Endorses S. 306
The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2005
Employers love to keep tabs on their workers. And technology now makes it easy for companies to monitor you - from punch-in to quitting time.
The word "privacy" means many different things to different people. One widely accepted meaning, however, is the right to be left alone.
New developments in science and technology are on a collision course with the rights of U.S. workers.
Biometric indicators such as electronic fingerprints can provide improved security for critical facilities. Used improperly, however, biometrics can lead to invasion of privacy and wholesale identity theft.
Some employers track employees during their private lives with the GPS on their cell phone.