Law and Ethics in the Business Environment July 15 2011
Explain where an employee can reasonably expect to have privacy in the workplace.
The concept of legally enforceable right to workplace privacy for employee is fairly new. There is nowhere in the United States Constitution that guarantees you to a right to privacy. The fourth Amendment protects the “right of the people to be secure in their persons, house, papers and effects, against unreasonable search and seizures.” Here you will find some laws that I would consider to be reasonable expectations of privacy in the work place. The fair credit act states that; an employer has to seek permission before obtaining a credit report to decide employment. The Americans Disable Act restricts employer’s ability from obtaining medical information from employees and applicants, and protects the privacy of such records. The Employees Polygraph Act protects employees from being subjected to polygraph testing. When an employee enters the workplace the majority of his or her privacy is taken away. The work place is considered a public domain. The employee should be protected from an employer unwanted inquires of private matters of the employee. The one which should never be broken in my opinion is cameras in the bathroom or changing room areas.
In the office workplace there are typically two types of workspaces, an open area, in which there are several...