I am a small business owner in Framingham, MA and suspect one of my employees is stealing from me. What do I need to do? Contact an attorney? the police? Can I install a video surveillance without notifying the employees?
It’s probably unwise to install video cameras without telling your workers, though you may be permitted to do so as long as you do not invade privacy. Apart from the practicalities involved and the potential legal implications, why would you want to spend the substantial money required to videotape all of your workers just to catch the wrongdoing of one of them? This may both cost you money and, perhaps more importantly, lead to unhappiness among your other employees. The last thing you want here is to shift focus from the wrongdoing of one worker — whom you may or may not nab stealing though a new video camera — to you as an employer. No one likes to be secretly videotaped, a form of spying. Installing cameras openly, however, may be a different matter. This often deters theft or other wrongdoing by employees. [Read more…]