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Company Fined for firing employee who switched off webcam during WFH

Company Fined for firing employee who switched off webcam during WFH

A Dutch court has ordered a US company to compensate a sacked employee for $72,700 after the employee was fired for turning the webcam off while working from home.

According to the report, Chetu a telemarketing company based in Florida had fired a Dutch employee for not keeping his webcam on during work from home.

A Dutch court has fined Chetu, saying that “requiring remote staff to keep their webcam on constitutes a human rights violation.”

The employee is working in this company since 2019 and was a resident of the Netherlands. As quoted by the court documents, he said, “This is an invasion of my privacy and makes me feel really uncomfortable. That is the reason why my camera is not on.” 

The country’s court ordered the US company to pay a fine as part of compensation. As per the orders, the individual was just defending his privacy rights.

The company has been punished and had to pay a huge fine of $72,700 (around Rs 60 Lakhs) to the former remote employee.

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