If a Hidden Camera is Off, So is the Lawsuit

Never mind that hidden camera, it's not intended for you.

California's Supreme Court has ruled that a hidden camera placed in a Pasadena office did not invade the employees' privacy because it never recorded them.

The court ruled unanimously Monday that two employees who sued the company suffered no harm because the camera was only turned on when they were away.

The camera was hidden at Hillsides Inc., which operates a center for abused children in Pasadena. It was intended to catch someone who had downloaded pornography late at night.

Justice Marvin Baxter wrote that the court's decision wasn't intended to encourage secret surveillance of workers.

However, the women's attorney, Mark Eisenberg, said the ruling gives employers a green light to spy for nearly any reason.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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