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Can my coworker record conversations at work without anybody's consent

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I discovered my coworker has been secretly recording the conversations of everybody around her without our consent. is this legal in Colorado

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Generally, yes. For phone conversations, Colorado permits recording as long as one person consents. (usually the consent is given by the person doing the recording). There are some exceptions here, even for phone calls. As for just walking around recording, again the answer is generally yes. The coworker cannot record private conversations which do not involve her. For example, she could not record a conversation between you and your spouse. There are other exceptions as well. But this is occurring at your employment where your coworkers are governed by employment policies. Of Course your employer can ask her stop and can take action if she fails to do so. You should complain to your employer. As an employer, I wouldn't permit this for two seconds.

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I agree, this is something for you and your coworkers to take to the owner or manager. Why is she recording conversations? Is she being mistreated? Discriminated against? Or is she just a little off? When you complain, do so in terms the employer will care about. Do not be emotional. The employer cares about the work being done. If the problem is that the recording is making everyone so uncomfortable or nervous that they cannot concentrate on their work, the employer will care about that.

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Thanks, Jim

Jim Underhill
Neighborhood Law Office
7225 E. Hampden Ave.
Denver, CO 80224
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I have a situation where my direct supervisor is lying about things I have done and claiming I don't let her know what work Im doing as well as she bad mouths other employees in the agency. I felt I needed to record her conversation that she would have with anyone one of the three of us, as she would sit down and start talking away, loudly, that anyone in our 1 room area can hear. I feel I have to do this to protect myself and to show she is creating a hostile environment as well as being discriminatory. What Colorado Law protects me and the recording since I am aware I am doing it (me bring the one party)

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