• Hernandez v. Hillsides, Inc. A New Development in California Privacy Law
  • August 18, 2009
  • Law Firm: Alston & Bird LLP - Atlanta Office
  • The two ends of the workplace privacy spectrum have been fairly well-defined by prior California law. On the one hand are those cases that have allowed covert videotaping in open and accessible workplace areas. On the other hand are those cases that find a violation of the right to privacy by videotaping areas reserved for personal acts such as employee restrooms and dressing areas. In Hernandez v. Hillsides, Inc., S147552 (August 3, 2009), the California Supreme Court was confronted with a scenario that falls between those extremes and further delineated the extent to which an employer may conduct workplace video surveillance of its employees without violating their right to privacy.