The issue of covert recordings in the workplace
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This month, we’ve taken a look at Law Barrister Daniel Barnett’s case, which questions the conduct of covertly recording business meetings in the workplace.
A court case between Phoenix House Ltd and a former employee, Mrs Stockman, revealed a covert recording of a business meeting that had been made by her during her time of employment at the firm. Her dismissal followed this act, which she claimed as unfair. The employer, in response, suggested that her compensation for unfair dismissal should be reduced, considering the reasoning behind Mrs Stockman making the recording – which was done so without pressing circumstances. This, the employer believed, was an act of misconduct.
Both the reasoning behind the recording and the content within it can be relevant to the outcome; such as whether it contains highly sensitive information. According to the Employment Appeal Tribunal, though, it is generally misconduct to take a recording without voicing an intention to do so – and it was this that saw Mrs Stockman dismissed.
To read the full case, click here.