A Florida-based company wanted its Netherlands-based employee to keep his camera on all the time.
The Dutch employee balked and, in a manner lawsuit-happy Americans should be proud of, sued. TechCrunch reports that the employee won “court costs, back wages, a fine of $50,000,” as well as the court invalidating his noncompete agreement.
And then the court handed down the ruling that declared requiring an employee to stay on camera for the whole day was a human rights violation.
That may seem a bit dramatic somehow. Having your boss stare at you all day doesn’t seem to rise to the level of “abductions, arbitrary arrests, detentions without trial, political executions, assassinations, and torture.”
But this Florida company learned, the hard and expensive way, that U.S. laws only apply in the U.S., and if you decide to hire foreign-based employees–even if they are U.S. citizens–you need to be ready to comply with those countries’ laws.
To keep reading, click here: Constant Cameras at Work Are a Human Rights Violation, Says Dutch Court