Under the epidemic, many companies have adopted the work-from-home model to reduce the risk of infection. According to foreign media reports, a Dutch court ruled that Chetu, a US telecommunications marketing company, violated human rights law by requiring employees to keep video calls and share screen content on at work.
Some employees pointed out that this regulation made him feel uncomfortable. He worked from home for a long time, and every move needed to be monitored by the company. He felt that his personal privacy was being pryed, so he only turned on the computer screen sharing function, but did not turn on video calls. Chetu fired him for refusing to work and disobeying instructions.
In response to this incident, the court found that Chetu’s practices violated Chapter 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights and sentenced the company to a fine of 75,000 euros (approximately HK$572,000), including compensation for the retrenched employee’s salary, legal costs, vacation, and Repeal the non-compete clause against him.