Friday, June 15, 2007
Hello, I just want to say that I am an experienced nanny who loves her job but was forced to quit my long-term position after I discovered that my employers were filming me without my knowledge, even in the bathroom of their house. I have no problem with caregiver/nanny surveillance and think that if it can help parents trust in a very uncertain world that's a good thing. Nevertheless, it is ILLEGAL to film an employee without their knowledge, even in a private residence and especially in the privacy of a washroom. I know that nannies and other caregivers often have less employee rights than is strictly legal (eg. no breaks, long hours etc) but these are grey areas and usually accepted by individual nannies. This case however is clearly outside of the law and I wish this family could have consulted me before filming me doing my most private business. I will miss those wonderful kids and I'm sorry I had to draw the line. Thanks for letting me rant.