Coworker Taking Photos Of Me To Get Me Fired

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about a coworker photographing to get another fired:

I work at a nursing home-like facility. There’s an employee there who, for an unknown reason to me, doesn’t like me or my company. She has been taking photographs to try to report me because she would like me to get fired. Is there a privacy law against this? Is it considered assault or harassment if I know it’s happening?

Signed, Snooped Upon

Dear Snooped Upon:

There may be laws about the specific actions you describe, if carried to extreme. But, I doubt it would rise to the level of legal action, unless you have tried to stop it through ordinary channels and those haven’t worked. You may want to contact a city or county attorney about the matter, since they are the ones who would have to agree to prosecute someone for the crime.However, rather than doing that immediately, I think you should write your concerns out, give the times when the photos have been taken and immediately go to your manager or to HR, ask the matter be investigated and insist that she stop.

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