Dutch Court Rules That Being Forced To Keep A Webcam On While Working Is Illegal

The verdict states that "tracking via camera for eight hours per day is disproportionate and not permitted in the Netherlands," and that it also violated Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Dutch Court Rules That Being Forced To Keep A Webcam On While Working Is Illegal
Dutch Court Rules That Being Forced To Keep A Webcam On While Working Is Illegal

According to TechCrunch, a Dutch court ruled that a US company violated a Dutch worker’s human rights by forcing him to keep his webcam on during work hours.

The employee was fired by the Florida telemarketing firm Chetu for refusing to be monitored “for nine hours per day” by a program that streamed his webcam and shared his screens.

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The employee was fired for “refusal to work” and “insubordination,” according to the company. The employee, on the other hand, stated that he “didn’t feel comfortable” being monitored all day.

“This is an invasion of my privacy and makes me feel extremely uneasy. That is why my camera is turned off “In court documents, he is quoted as saying. (Chetu did not attend the court hearing.)

The verdict states that “tracking via camera for eight hours per day is disproportionate and not permitted in the Netherlands,” and that it also violated Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Chetu was found to have fired the employee unfairly and was ordered to pay a $50,000 fine, as well as the worker’s back wages, court costs, and unused vacation days. A non-compete clause had to be removed as well.

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Employees in Florida can be fired for any reason, as long as it is not illegal. However, in the Netherlands and other EU countries, you must have a valid reason for firing someone (refusal to perform work, culpable behavior, etc.) — otherwise, the employee can challenge it.

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