Privacy

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.


Related Issues

Drug Testing
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.
Genetic Discrimination
The National Workrights Institute Endorses S. 306 The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2005
Electronic Monitoring
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.
Lifestyle Discrimination
The word "privacy" means many different things to different people. One widely accepted meaning, however, is the right to be left alone.
Medical Records
New developments in science and technology are on a collision course with the rights of U.S. workers.
Biometrics
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.
GPS
Some employers track employees during their private lives with the GPS on their cell phone.