Workplace environments should prioritize employee well-being, respect their privacy, and foster a healthy work-life balance. But what happens when an employer installs security cameras to punish employees in the bathroom? Here’s the full story.
She’s on Her First Job
The Original Poster (OP) is a person in his 30s from Michigan. His niece, who is 23 years old, resides in the wonderful state of Oklahoma. His niece is currently employed in her first job following her graduation.
They Developed a Good Niece-Uncle Relationship
OP and his niece didn’t speak much at first, but when she moved away to attend college because OP’s sister had “gone off the deep end” with substance abuse issues, OP and his niece developed a good niece-uncle relationship.
The Niece Called Him and Cried
The story began when she basically cried when she called OP on Sunday to express how frustrated she was with her job.
Spending Too Much Time in the Bathroom
Because she was on her period, she was penalized with lower pay for “spending too much time in the bathroom.”
Her Manager Is Toxic and Abusive
Her immediate manager thinks that women “make up” menstruation as a justification for “acting flippant toward authority.” She was also threatened with termination when she objected and if she “didn’t learn her place” right away.
The Manager’s Character
The business’s manager is a staunchly Republican, MAGA-loving, anti-government white supremacist who has often stated that he wants laws similar to those from the Jim Crow era; he is a strong supporter of segregation and believes that the civil rights movement of the 1960s was unwise.
He Thinks He’s Above the Law
OP also thinks that the local city court’s judge is also a close friend of his. The manager tends to engage in dubious behavior and thinks he is above the law and untouchable in society.
Things Became Worse
Recently, things have been really bad at her job with toxic management, dangerous work procedures, and routine violations of OSHA regulations.
Lying to Federal and State Safety Inspectors
All of these things are prevalent in the workplace, as well as omitting information or lying to federal and state safety inspectors.
The Manager Installed Cameras in the Bathrooms
Now the manager has decided that there is a problem with workers going to the restroom to avoid the managers, check their phones, and, in essence, spend a third of their shift squatting on the toilet.
As a result, he set up cameras in and around bathrooms as a defense.
He Constantly Checks the Toilet Cameras
The manager constantly checks the toilet cameras and takes disciplinary action against anyone seen using their phone or lingering there for an extended period.
He Refused to Back Down
Many irate employees who believe it is illegal called out the owner, who decided to use the cameras, in a business town hall meeting.
The Manager Insisted That It’s Needed
The manager replied, “This is my business. I’m not going to let the government or lawyers tell me how to manage my business. Until time theft through restroom overuse stops, we will continue to monitor employee bathroom behavior.”
His Niece Doesn’t Know What to Do
Many employees have left the business, but because it’s one of the major employers in the community, it’s difficult for many of them to do so while still being able to pay their bills.
Currently, one of these persons is OP’s niece, who is also looking for work.
He Asked for Legal Advice
She shared her problems with OP and he took to Reddit to ask what legal actions he could take regarding the situation. Hundreds of Redditors shared their thoughts and actions OP could take.
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