Can I refuse to let company make a training video of me?

Company wants to make video of each employee performing their job to analyze most efficient way to perform a job. I don’t want a video of myself being recorded then later viewed by employees or future employees throughout the world as a training video. Can I refuse?

Rita Risser Chai replies:

More and more employers are asking well-qualified employees to make videos to train others. Some employees feel very honored to be so chosen. Others feel it is an invasion of privacy. However, the employer has the right to video its employees at work in this manner. If you refuse, the employer might honor your feelings, or they could fire you. Good luck.

Posted 12-10-2018

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About the Author:

Rita M. Risser Chai is the founder of Fair Measures. An attorney in California for 20 years and now an attorney in Hawaii, she authored the Prentice Hall book, Stay Out of Court! The Manager’s Guide to Preventing Employee Lawsuits. She developed most of the curriculum used by Fair Measures, created the firm’s first website praised in HR Magazine, and wrote numerous articles on employment law including one on best practice harassment prevention training published in the magazine of the American Society for Training and Development (now ATD). She taught Law and Human Resources at the University of California, Santa Cruz, for eight years, and has presented four times at the annual conventions of the Hawaii Society of Human Resource Management.