Category: Right To Privacy

A Whole New Meaning to Swabbing the Poop Deck–Genetic Non-Discrimination Act Violation

Georgia storage company, Atlas Logistics Group asked employees to swab—then got sued. An employee (or possibly employees) for the company began “habitually defecating” in their Atlanta warehouse. Atlas attempted to figure out who it was, but eventually got slapped with a hefty price tag for their methods. Continue reading “A Whole New Meaning to Swabbing the Poop Deck–Genetic Non-Discrimination Act Violation”

Facebook Likes May Not be Worth the Job

We live in an exhausting world of social media. Whether it be on your computer, tablet, phone, social media has reached far into our lives, even to include our jobs. It is easy to feel anonymous in your social media postings, even though your name is attached. There is so much social media white noise that there’s no reason to stick out. Your employer will probably never see you online, right? It might be time to think again. Continue reading “Facebook Likes May Not be Worth the Job”

When Your Employer is Watching Your Every Move – Literally

Myrna Arias was a sales executive in Bakersfield for a money transfer service called Intermex. Upon working for the company Arias was issued a company iPhone. The company required employees to download a particular clock in/clock out application loaded on the phone that became the center of Arias’ issues with the company. Continue reading “When Your Employer is Watching Your Every Move – Literally”

All the Days of our West Hollywood Lives

This is a tale of soap operatic proportions. Let’s meet the characters of this story, in fair West Hollywood where we set our scene.

First, there is Ian Owens, a deputy to a city council man of West Hollywood. He is accused of bugging a co-worker’s office to prove her of wrongdoing.

Enter the co-worker, Fran Soloman, who is the deputy to another councilman that works with Owens’s boss. She is accused of soliciting unethical campaign contributions for her boss from wealthy developers.

Now comes the two bosses at the heart of the matter. Owens’s boss was Councilman John Duran. He is accused of having a sexual encounter with Owens and then hiring him after they met on Grindr, a dating app for homosexual men. Afterwards, Duran purportedly continued his attempts at a sexual relationship with Owens, despite Owens’s consistent rebuffs.

Soloman’s boss was Councilman John Heilman. Heilman isn’t directly accused of everything but is swept up in this dramatic tale.

So here’s how the story unfolds. Owens, suspecting Soloman was up to no good, reported it to his boss, Duran. Duran refused to entertain the idea because he was upset at Owens for not engaging in a relationship with him. So Owens took matters into his own hands and became what he calls the “whistle blower.” He placed surveillance bugs in Soloman’s office, though Owens’s is now claiming he just heard her through the thin walls. Regardless, after listening to these conversations one way or another, Owens created a spreadsheet of quotes from Soloman’s phone conversations in her office. That spreadsheet was then emailed to city residents and the city’s resident bloggers.

Owens had emailed out the spreadsheet under an alias, but metadata from the document revealed Owens was the creator. He has since been suspended, on paid administrative leave while the city investigates the allegations from all sources. His attorney is claiming that he is being wrongly punished because he was blowing the whistle on Soloman’s wrongdoings.

Owens’s attorney is demanding that his client be restored to his position, outlining the whistleblowing status of his client as well as the sexual encounters between Owens and Duran.

We’ll keep you updated on the every growing drama that is the West Hollywood City Council.

Source: Los Angeles Times

After a Hack like Sony’s, a Lawsuit is No Surprise

Yesterday, two former Sony Pictures Entertainment employees sued the company for failing to protect employee data. The suit was filed in federal court in Los Angeles, alleging the entertainment studio failed to secure both computer networks in place from the hackers.

The joint plaintiffs, who are suing on behalf of a similarly situated class, are asking for punitive damages along with identity theft insurance, assistance for those whose information was leaked, and credit monitoring services.

It is rumored that the hack was retaliation for the upcoming release of “The Interview,” a controversial film that follows a fictitious plot to assassinate North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un. Last month, hackers released a slew of sensitive data including former and current employees’ social security numbers and embarrassing emails exchanged among executives.

The named plaintiffs are Michael Corona and Christina Mathis and the defendant is Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.

Source: Reuters