As the world becomes more high tech, people are beginning to feel as if they have less privacy than they did even a few years ago. Monitoring technology is now becoming more prevalent in the workplace, and smartphones are now commonplace. With all of these advances, there may be a conflict between what a Texas company needs to know and what it wants to know about its employees. If workers do not comply with what they believe to be an unnecessary invasion of privacy, employers may act in retaliation and fire them instead.
A woman who worked a for a money transfer service in another state claims that she lost her job because she did not agree with a mandatory phone app. As part of her job, the plaintiff was given a company phone on which she was required to have the Xora app installed and open at all times. This app performed various functions, such as keeping time records, managing paperwork and logging trip information. This app could also track where the employees went because of its GPS capability.