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Workers At Sanford Plant Claim They Were Videotaped In Bathroom

Posted January 16, 2001 6:00 a.m. EST

— Surveillance cameras are everywhere. Most of the time they are used for protection, but workers at a Sanford plant say that is not the case at their company.

Two workers at the Caterpillar plant in Sanford claim managers invaded their privacy by videotaping them while they used the men's bathroom two weeks ago.

"When I went to work for this company, we were really preached to about cultural values. The biggest value our culture had was trust. That was just blown out of the water," one worker says.

Both men, along with two other employees, said Caterpillar managers admitted to putting the cameras in the bathroom, but said it was for their own protection.

They said the employers only put the camera up for one day to observe workers for possible illegal activity. However, one of the workers caught on tape says he should have been warned ahead of time.

"That's my privacy. That's where I go to do a daily function and I don't want to worry about being videotaped," he says.

The U.S. Constitution protects privacy in the home, but when it comes to the workplace, there are some gray areas -- such as checking e-mail, voice mail and video surveillance in the bathroom.

According toScientific American Magazine, Connecticut is the only state in the country that bans video surveillance in restrooms.