Intermex Fired Employee After She Disabled Work App That Tracked Her Movements 24/7
A company in California saw it as a rude gesture when one of its employees decided to disable a work app that was tracking her movements twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
Myrna Arias, a former employee of money transfer firm Intermex, was fired from her position when she uninstalled the app from her smartphone. Hence, relinquishing any freedom to her employers from knowing her daily routines.
The Xora StreetSmart app is intended to let companies manage employees working away from the office. It allows them to “see the location of every mobile worker on a Google Map.” However, the app should be launched by workers whenever they are beginning their shift.
According to Arias’ statement, she was told by her company to keep her phone on at all times. The un-installation part, though, met with the company “scolding” her and then dismissing her within weeks.
She now plans to sue Intermex for violating her privacy and wrongful termination, amongst other allegations.
“[Arias’ boss] Stubits admitted that employees would be monitored while off duty, and bragged that he knew how fast she was driving at specific moments ever since she had installed the app on her phone,” reads the complaint, filed in Kern County Superior Court and spotted by ArsTechnica.
“[Arias] expressed that she had no problem with the app’s GPS function during work hours, but she objected to the monitoring of her location during non-work hours,” says the filing. “She likened the app to a prisoner’s ankle bracelet and informed Stubits that his actions were illegal. Stubits replied that she should tolerate the illegal intrusion because Intermix was paying [her more than her previous employer].”
She i asking for damages “in excess of $500,000” for lost earnings and wages, with her filing stating that “this intrusion would be highly offensive to a reasonable person.”