Intermex is being sued by a former California employee who accuses the electronic money transfer company of firing her for refusing to use a phone app that invaded her privacy. She is seeking $500,000 in damages.
According to the plaintiff, Intermex asked her to download an app called Xora StreetSmart onto her work phone shortly after she began working for the company as a sales manager in February 2014. The app lets employees report their work hours and assignments and allows employers to track the location of their employees via GPS. The suit alleges that a regional vice president of the company told the plaintiff she must keep her work phone turned on 24 hours a day and that he could track her activities during off hours. When she expressed privacy concerns, she was allegedly told she should “tolerate the illegal intrusion” because she was making more money at Intermex than she was at her previous job.
The plaintiff deleted the app from her work phone in April. In May 2014, Intermex requested she reinstall the app, but she refused. She was fired just hours later. Her lawsuit seeks damages for wrongful termination, invasion of privacy, retaliation and unfair business practices. Her lawyers state that California law clearly protects residents from privacy invasions by private and government entities.
Anyone who suspects they were wrongfully discharged for any reason, including workplace privacy concerns, may benefit by speaking with an attorney. After reviewing the details of the matter, legal counsel could recommend the best course of legal action. In some cases, it may be advisable to file a wrongful termination lawsuit seeking compensation for the damages that have been sustained.
Source: Entrepreneur.com, “Employee Says She Was Fired for Refusing to Be Tracked 24/7,” Nina Zipkin, May 13, 2015