A woman has claimed she was fired from her job after she disabled a GPS app on her phone which tracked her 24 hours a day.
Myrna Arias from California, U.S was working for money transfer service company, Intermex, last year.
The issue of privacy arose, however, when her boss John Stubits is alleged to have “bragged that he knew how fast she was driving” after she installed the app ‘Xora’.
Unsurprisingly, Arias wasn’t particularly thrilled that she was being monitored during non-work hours and complained that it was an invasion of her privacy.
She “likened the app to a prisoner’s ankle bracelet” and uninstalled it from her company mobile phone in April 2014. She was sacked from her $7,250 a month job as a sales executive on May 5, 2014 after just three months with Intermex.
All the employees at the company were reportedly asked to download the app with a GPS function. She was required to keep her phone on for 24 hours a day in order to answer any calls from clients.
In an email to Arstenchnica, Arias’ attorney Gail Click wrote:
The app had a ‘clock in/out’ feature which did not stop GPS monitoring, that function remained on. This is the problem about which Ms. Arias complained. Management never made mention of mileage. They would tell her co-workers and her of their driving speed, roads taken, and time spent at customer locations. Her manager made it clear that he was using the program to continuously monitor her, during company as well as personal time.Advertisement
Arias is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 for various allegations, including being monitored during non-work hours, invasion of privacy, unfair business practices and retaliation.
Court documents show that Arias told her boss that she did not have a problem with the app’s GPS function operating during work hours, but she was not okay with it monitoring her during non-work hours and she told Stubits his actions were illegal.
To be honest, I think most of us would agree with the lawsuit’s official statement: “This intrusion would be highly offensive to a reasonable person.”