A Company Fired an Employee for Refusing to Leave His Webcam On All Day. Now It Owes Him More Than $70,000.
A Florida-based company named Chetu was fined at least $70,000 by a Dutch court for firing an employee who did not want to keep their webcam on all day, according to NL Times, an English-language, Netherlands-focused news outlet.
According to the late September ruling an employee who was working remotely for the Dutch-based software company had been called into a meeting late August. He was told that he had to screen share and keep his webcam on throughout the day.
The worker told the company that he felt it was a breach of privacy and was fired three working days later. He filed a lawsuit against the company a few weeks later.
The Dutch court cited Article 8 European Convention on Human Rights which guarantees privacy in your home and in your correspondence. The court ordered Chetu pay several fees, including unpaid salaries and vacation days. The outlet calculated the total would come to at least $75,000 Euros, or about $73,000 USD — plus court fees. The whole incident seems to have had an impact on Chetu’s presence here in the Netherlands. According to the NL Times, the company’s branch in the Netherlands seems to have been closed, according to Chamber of Commerce records.
Chetu, a software company, claims it has clients around the globe. According to a September article in South Florida Business Journal, it plans to double its current workforce. It has not responded to a request for comment.
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