Employee Privacy: California
- Invasion of Privacy
- Eavesdropping and Recording Conversations
- Application Inquiries and Background Checks
- Arrest and Conviction Information
- Credit Checks
- "Ban the Box" Legislation
- Testing of Employees and Applicants
- Genetic Testing
- Drug and Alcohol Testing
- Polygraph Tests
- Social Security Numbers
- Political Activities and Affiliations
- Personal Relationships and Personal Activities
- Social Media Privacy Protection
- Future Developments
- Additional Resources
This content should be reviewed in conjunction with the in-depth federal coverage of this topic provided above.
Author: Jennifer K. Achtert, Fisher & Phillips LLP
- California recognizes claims for invasion of privacy. See Invasion of Privacy.
- California has specific requirements for criminal record checks, credit checks, monitoring of telephone conversations, and other areas. See Eavesdropping and Recording Conversations; Application Inquiries and Background Checks.
- California imposes additional requirements regarding employee privacy that go beyond those of the federal government. See Testing of Employees and Applicants; Social Security Numbers.
- In California, employers are prohibited from requesting or requiring that employees and applicants provide their the social media user names and passwords or gaining access to their personal social media websites. Employers may not discharge, discipline or otherwise retaliate against an employee or applicant for refusing to provide such information. See Social Media Privacy Protection.