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Do employers have the right to monitor your activities in and out of work?
Apparently YES! Intermex Wire Transfer a money transfer service company based in California made it mandatory that all employees install a Xora Tracking GPS app on their Company iPhones that allow the company tracks the locations of their employees even during unofficial hours.
Things took a different turn when Myrna Arias who works in the company as an account manager claimed that she was “scolded” and subsequently fired for uninstalling a GPS Tracking App even though she met all quotas during her time with Intermex.
I visited the App’s website – Xora’s website and one major feature is that it allows Employers “see the work their mobile employees do each and every day.”
According to the website, “Xora makes it easy to stay focused on customer needs – if employees are always mobile or working back at headquarters. Office employees connect with mobile employees through a web-based Management Application, giving them greater visibility and management of activities occurring in the field. The Xora Mobile App turns mobile devices into productivity tools enabling employees to record work hours, access daily assignments and collect information”
See some screenshots from the App Website.
Arias asked her boss – John Stubits, whether the app was capable of monitoring her movements even when off duty, The suit alleges that he not only confirmed it, but also bragged that he was able to determine how fast she was going any time she was driving in her car.
According to the lawsuits, Stubits said that she should deal with the intrusion because she was getting paid more money at Intermex than she was at her previous job for a company called NetSpend.
She is now suing the company for $500,000. According to Arias, she did not mind the fact that she was being monitored at work, but did not appreciate that she was still monitored after work –“She likened the app to a prisoner’s ankle bracelet and informed Stubits that his actions were illegal. Stubits replied that she should tolerate the illegal intrusion.”
In my opinion, I think what Arias should have done was to turn off her Location Service – These apps can tell whether or not you’ve uninstalled an app, but if she just disables the location service, the app would still work and her location can remain hidden. ( See why you need to be “TECHY”)
However, I still have two question:
1. Don’t you think that this Stubits guy deserves to be sued?
2. In all fairness, do you think Arias has the right to uninstall the app from a Company phone?