Privacy at Work: Know Your Rights (You Probably Don’t Have Any) [Infographic]

When it comes to employee rights, we’ve come a long way over the past century or so. In many countries, employers can no longer demand you work overtime without pay, force you to work in unsafe conditions, or pay you less than the minimum wage.

But while indentured servitude may be a thing of the past, that doesn’t mean we have complete freedom today – employers have a lot of rights on their side, too. For instance, there’s no legal requirement in most of the United States for employers to offer their employees any kind of break during their shift. And while many laws prohibit hiring discrimination based on race or religion, discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity is completely legal in many jurisdictions.

Thankfully, many laws do prohibit employers from asking about your relationships, or other personal matters, in their interview questions, however. In the United States, interviewers can’t legally ask about your national origin, your age, your marital or pregnancy status, any disabilities, your arrest record, or your race or gender. In the United Kingdom, they can’t ask you questions about your place of birth or ethnicity, your age, your marital status or children, disabilities, or lifestyle choices such as use of alcohol or smoking habits.

But while employers can’t legally ask you about the topics listed above, they won’t stop you from volunteering the information.

And you may be volunteering a lot more than you realize.

According to a survey by the American Management Association and The ePolicy Institute, two-thirds of all employers monitor Internet connections. Since the computers you use at work are your employer’s property, they can legally monitor everything you do with it, down to each individual keystroke.

But you’re not just being watched while you’re at work: Anything you publicly post on social media might be tracked and viewed by your employer, too.

Want to keep your personal information private? It starts by knowing your rights – or, more accurately, your employer’s rights. Here’s how they’re using them to spy on you.

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