Debate whether or not workplace communication privacy laws are ethical. After reviewing the week’s assigned readings, respond to the appropriate question:
1 Are workplace communication privacy laws and policies ethical? Support your answer.
2 Are workplace communication privacy laws and policies not ethical? Support your answer.
Workplace communication privacy laws
Business owners who want to do the right thing may be unsure of what to include in employee privacy policies. It is argued that privacy is a moral right, and while such surveillance and monitoring can be justified in some circumstances, there is a presumption against the infringement of privacy. Legally, businesses have the right to monitor employee communications. However, the laws still allow employees a reasonable amount of privacy. For example, an employer is allowed to monitor work-related phone calls, but as soon as a call is determined to be personal in nature, monitoring must cease.