Human resources professionals are supposed to care about people. You’ll hear that they’re among the most empathetic individuals in any corporation. However, one employee, 27, who worked at a human resources firm in New Jersey, discovered that his boss had installed hidden cameras in the urinals to “record the genitalia of individuals” and then tried to cover up the scandal and brush it under the rug.
Because the employee at the publicly-traded company learned that the boss was recording the genitals of employees as they went to the restroom, he has filed a lawsuit against the company. Not only was the incident not dealt with properly, but the employee also faced retaliation after he found the hidden camera taped in the urinal at the office restroom.
The lawsuit, which is forty-six pages long, and filed by Jason Savage, claims that TriNet USA managers used hidden cameras in the office bathrooms to record images of employees’ genitals for undisclosed reasons. The lawsuit, filed at New Jersey Superior Court in Monmouth County, New Jersey, claims that Savage used the restroom on July 22, 2019, at the office in Iselin, New Jersey, when he found the recording device attached to the urinal’s plumbing.
The lens “was pointed to secretly record the genitalia of those using the urinal,” Savage’s lawsuit, filed on his behalf by law firm McOmber & McOmber LLC.
The recording device, which was about the size of a power adaptor, included a micro USB port, a power button, and a slot for an S.D. card.
Savage “was shocked to discover that some deeply disturbed individual had been secretly recording his genitals (and that of many others) as he used the bathroom.”
Savage also feared that the H.R. boss who installed the camera might be distributing the footage online for profit or pleasure.
Savage fled the bathroom and shared the discovery with his coworkers. They all followed him into the bathroom to examine the hidden camera used to capture images of their private parts while using the urinal.
While discussing the hidden camera, Savage’s direct supervisor, David Swerdloff, overheard the talk about the hidden camera and then started asking questions. Savage told Swerdloff about the hidden camera, who then “without hesitation… reached and grabbed the device from the urinal and proceeded to walk out of the bathroom door.”
Savage and another colleague started to discuss how to report the illegal activity, but Swerdloff said, “no, don’t worry about it. I will handle it; I will go right to the police station and file a report.”
That’s when Savage and his coworkers became suspicious that Swerdloff installed the camera. He was just so eager to “help.”
Fifteen minutes later, Swerdloff called the office and said he had not filed a report with the police or TriNet headquarters.
“On the call, (Swerdloff) stated, in an erratic fashion, that he accidentally smashed the camera and in a state of panic hurled the device from his car off the Garden State Parkway overpass.”
The next day Swerdloff threatened to fire his employees over the camera. Savage and others filed a confidential complaint, and Swerdloff was eventually fired.
Now the lawsuit is going to court.
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