TITLE

New generation mobile phones could be a problem in the workplace

PUB. DATE
September 2003
SOURCE
Management Services;Sep2003, Vol. 47 Issue 9, p6
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Third generation mobile phones can be the latest device for office scoundrels to discriminate against or harass their colleagues, warns Croner. Using a third generation mobile phone, employees can photograph or film someone in their workplace and send it instantly to their colleague or friend. This could breach employee confidentiality by photographing or filming them without their knowledge or consent. More seriously, third generation mobile phones could be used as a means for sexual discrimination. The use of mobile phones at work is currently at the employer's discretion and it is their responsibility to enure that employees are made aware of guidelines regarding mobile phone use. The government of Great Britain has no plans to introduce legislation on the use of third generation mobile phones at work, therefore Croner is urging employers to update and clarify company mobile phone policies to include third generation mobile phones and avoid potential sex discrimination cases. According to Richard Smith, corporate and training manager and expert in employment law at Croner Consulting, corporate e-mail and Internet use can be monitored but employees' personal phone messages cannot be controlled and therefore provide an easy platform for sexual harassment.
ACCESSION #
10948190

 

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