A court in the Netherlands has ruled that a US company violated the human rights of a Dutch worker by forcing him to leave his webcam on during working hours. TechCrunch has called. The employee, hired by Florida telemarketing firm Chetu, was fired because he refused to be monitored “nine hours a day” by a program that streamed his webcam and shared his screens.
The company said it fired the worker for “refusal to work” and “insubordination.” However, the employee said he “didn’t feel comfortable” with being monitored all day. “This is an invasion of my privacy and I feel really uncomfortable. That’s why my camera isn’t on,” he is quoted as saying in the court filings. (Chetu did not appear at the court hearing.)
“Following by camera for eight hours a day is disproportionate and not allowed in the Netherlands,” the ruling reads, adding that it also violates Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The court found that Chetu had wrongly fired the employee and had to pay a $50,000 fine, along with the worker’s back wages, court costs, and unused vacation days. In addition, a non-competition clause had to be removed.
Since Florida is any state, employees can be fired for any reason as long as it is not illegal. However, in the Netherlands and other EU countries, you must have a valid reason for the dismissal (refusal to work, culpable conduct, etc.) – otherwise the employee has reason to dispute it.
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https://www.engadget.com/dutch-court-webcam-surveillance-violates-human-rights-103548560.html?src=rss Dutch court rules that being forced to keep a webcam on while working is illegal