Employer Demanding Employee FingerPrints

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Latest post Tue, Mar 17 2009 1:02 PM by LynnM. 3 replies.
  • Mon, Mar 16 2009 9:02 PM

    • joe monroe
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    Employer Demanding Employee FingerPrints

    I have a loved one who was recently discharged after several years employment for reasons arising out of the refusal to submit to an employers fingerprinting request to be used in a new fingerPrint time keeping system.

    They are even vigorously opposing Unemployment Insurance.

    Do Employers legally have this much power over AT-WILL employees,

    in a Non-Chattel State?

    What would you do?

     

  • Mon, Mar 16 2009 9:47 PM In reply to

    Re: Employer Demanding Employee FingerPrints

    "Do Employers legally have this much power over AT-WILL employees"

    Yes.  The employer can require employees to be fingerprinted for this reason and it's legal.

    Why would they not consent to it unless they had something to hide?

    A non-chattel state has nothing to do with this.

    If it were me I would have given them the fingerprint.  They must be going to a biometric access time system.  It isn't that big of a deal.  I just got back from a MAJOR theme park and when you use one of their multipark tickets or a yearly pass you have to have your finger scanned at every gate to use it.  It keeps people from re-selling their unused portions of the tickets as well as protecting against stolen tickets and passes. 

    Whether or not they get UI benefits will be decided by the state.  The employer can protest/fight it all they want but if the state awards benefits it's a done deal.  If they are denied benefits the employee can appeal.

    "That's just my opinion, then again I might be wrong."  Dennis Miller

     

  • Tue, Mar 17 2009 9:31 AM In reply to

    • Beth3
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    Re: Employer Demanding Employee FingerPrints

    Do Employers legally have this much power over AT-WILL employees,  Yes.

    What would you do?  Line up to get fingerprinted.

    They are even vigorously opposing Unemployment Insurance.  Of course they are.  Your loved one refused to comply with a perfectly reasonable request.

     

  • Tue, Mar 17 2009 1:02 PM In reply to

    • LynnM
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    Re: Employer Demanding Employee FingerPrints

    It was a prefectlt legal request. Refusing to comply gave them excellent grounds for termination.

    I'd suggest looking for a new job.

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