Surveillance cameras ruled an unreasonable intrusion

|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/04/2003

A $2.5-million fire and a series of burglaries necessitating increased police surveillance are not enough to permit an employer to install surveillance cameras in the workplace.

The cameras violate workers’ privacy rights, an arbitrator ruled in a decision upheld recently by Ontario’s Divisional Court. The court accepted the arbitrator’s decision regarding an interior camera operating in an area where a fire occurred at Lenworth Metal Products in Toronto.

Lenworth Metal sits at the end of the road in an industrial complex in suburban Toronto. Because the environs are isolated and sometimes deserted, Lenworth has experienced a high level of security problems.