California woman gets fired after she disabled a work app that tracked her 24/7

Myrna Arias, Bakerfield, CA, is suing her former employer after she was fired for removing an app that tracked her movements 24 hours day.

Intermex, a money transfer firm, required that all employees keep their phones on at all times so that the company could monitor their movements throughout the day with an app used to manage offsite employees.

According to Arstechnica, John Stubits, Arias’ boss, 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 installed the app on her phone.

Arias agreed with use of the app while at work, but disagreed with having to keep the app on while not at work. It had to be on 24 hours a day, including her days off.

Arias compared the use of this app to having a “prisoner’s ankle bracelet.” The claim reads: “she complained to Stubits that this was an invasion of her privacy…stubits replied that she should tolerate the illegal intrusion because Intermix was paying her more than Netspend [her previous employer].”

Arias is suing for invasion of privacy, retaliation, unfair business practices, seeking damages in excess of $500,000. “This intrusion would be highly offensive to a reasonable person,” the filing read.”

 

Myrna Arias

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