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End Times! Worker Fired For Uninstalling A GPS Tracking App From Her SmartPhone

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.

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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.
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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?

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12 comments on “End Times! Worker Fired For Uninstalling A GPS Tracking App From Her SmartPhone

  1. vjsmiles says:

    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.”
    girl wey sabi…..
    i mean that is the highest case of invasion of privacy…
    fine during working hours the device GPS should be up and doing fine!no body got a problem with that but to think of still being tracked even after working hours is out of the question.
    What alterior motive does the company have to track your employee after working hours..?
    Whites and their mentality shaaa….
    we love our Africa where everything is cool serene and level headed…
    as for ARIAS she should go on with the file suit i agree with her vehemently…
    Go girl…

    1. ebima says:

      Did you say invasion of privacy? The report didn't say she was coerced to using the app.The company from all indications made everything clear to her and she accepted it.Why come out now to cry, you broke the rule and that showed you the way out

  2. yusufsd says:

    its been long wen employees r turned slaves… its been Long I commented… its been long exams kip in me hidden… I miss this blog. see u soon 🙂

    1. Tobi Ayeni says:

      Yayyy Yusuf – Miss seeing you here 🙂 – Hope you kicked asses in your exam?

  3. yusufsd says:

    yeah… I kicked some. and my leg nearly got hurt in d process. we thank God so far.

  4. dare says:

    Hehehehe na wa oh – this kind thing no fit happen for Lagos

  5. Gori says:

    Hmm. . It is wrong for the company to do that. Thank God that she is in America, where they follow the rule of law, thus she can sue the company. If she had turned off the location service, the company would have found out. (they are also techy you know).

  6. Benjibabs says:

    1. Don’t you think that this Stubits guy deserves to be sued? It depends on the company's policy. If she agreed to the monitoring on and off office hours, then she has no case.
    2. In all fairness, do you think Arias has the right to uninstall the app from a Company phone? No, she has no right to tamper with the company's property. Turning off location service will also be categorised as tampering with company's property. I'm sure it will be embedded somewhere in the employee's hand book for the company that employees should not make changes to their equipment.
    If her terms of employment specify a period of day for her work (which it should), then the company has no right to monitor her outside the specified hours provided there are no clauses that state otherwise for any reasonable reason. It will only be fair to the employees if the company provides a way to officially disable the app once an employee is done for the day.
    Agreement is agreement. The wise thing to do is to read and understand every line of terms of employment before signing up to avoid such drama.

  7. Kelvin says:

    There is nothing as sweet as being your own Boss. 🙂

  8. Kelvin says:

    I'd rather stay jobless than have someone track me 24/7,. I'm not a criminal

  9. Sir Stevoe says:

    Why now. That's too bad from the company. Good thing she's suing and I hope she wins it

  10. Sir Stevoe says:

    invasion of one's privacy of the highest order

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