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If a coworker secretly records a private conversation and then uses that recording to complain to HR, is that considered a hostile work environment?

1 Answers. Asked on Mar 17th, 2017 on Labor and Employment - Pennsylvania
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Answered on Mar 20th, 2017 at 7:53 AM

Hostile work environment usually means a condition caused by or permitted to happen by your employer.  co-workers who do things can lead to a hostile work environment claim if they are known by your employer and permmitted to continue w/o action.  What you describe is not a hostile work environment.  It's not illegal for your co-worker to record a converstaion (not over the phone) and then play it back. It may violate common sense of privacy but its not a hostile work environment. 

I recommend that you seek out a local attorney for a more in depth discussion of the matter. I do not recommend that you take any action steps without such a consult. Act quickly because by waiting, you may lose certain rights and remedies available to you.

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