Written Consent? Shutterbug at work driving me nuts!

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Michelle, Jul 1, 2003.

  1. Michelle

    Michelle Guest

    Hi,

    I work with someone who has repeatledly taken photographs of me at company
    get-togethers and at my job. I have asked him to stop but to not avail.
    (Taking photos btw is not his job!)While he takes photos of others, he seems
    to glean such enjoyment from taking photos of me because he knows how much I
    hate them!. Last week he sent my pictures in a company email, along with
    some others. The pictures are not graphic, yet, I feel slightly compromised
    because I don't really think I'm being seen in my best light (this may seem
    like a small thing -but for personal reasons I have some "issues" with being
    photographed).

    Is their any legal recourse? Does he have to have prior written consent to
    post my pictures or take them? I feel that if I have something to threaten
    him with he might lay off. I can't really threaten him with harrassment
    because some times I'm not even aware he is photographing me.

    Am I posting this message in the right forum?

    Michelle
     
    Michelle, Jul 1, 2003
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  2. Michelle

    John O. Guest

    Well, at work he is on private property. You could ask the boss to tell
    him to knock it off.
     
    John O., Jul 1, 2003
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  3. Michelle

    Paul Brecht Guest

    Michelle,

    At work, you have all rights to privacy & I'm sure that your (& his) boss
    would gladly put an end to his doing photography while on the clock.
    Especially if he is also bothering other employees in the process. Also,
    what is the company policy on emailing for private purposes & also file
    sharing, etc ???

    I'm afraid though, at company parties & off hours, unless he's actually
    harassing you & making a public display either for profit or for character
    claims about you, there's not much you can do...

    If possible, tell him "we need to talk" & set the ground rules of you being
    "off limits" to his photography while on the clock. Make sure that you
    mention the fact about taking it to your supervisors & higher up the chain
    of command if necessary. If the problem persists, make sure that you follow
    through with your reporting him.

    At parties, avoid him & ignore him at the same time...

    Hope this helps!

    Paul
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    Paul Brecht, Jul 1, 2003
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  4. Have you ever seen the movie "Witness" pull a reverse and tell him you will
    pull his jock off and strangle him with it.
    Worked for Harrison Ford !

    Good luck, remember there is a jerk born each minute.
     
    WinkenBlinken& Nod, Jul 1, 2003
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  5. Michelle

    RSD99 Guest

    Agree with that ...

    One avenue of approach would be to invite "him" *and* your boss to a meeting.

    When they arrive at the meeting, you are accompanied by a Lawyer ... one of the ones that
    have given the profession the name "sharks." Have the Lawyer discuss what he is going to
    do to the "perp" in the legal arena ...
     
    RSD99, Jul 1, 2003
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  6. Michelle

    RSD99 Guest

    The nose ? ? ? ?

    Why not "the balls" ! ! ! ! !
     
    RSD99, Jul 2, 2003
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  7. Michelle

    Michelle Guest

    Thanks for your response. I just wanted to add that I am pretty sure he is
    doing it to "get back at me" for revealing some
    information to my supervisor (my supervisor is one of the owners of the
    company I work for.) In fact, this so called "shutterbug" is the *other*
    owner
    of the company- so although we have a company policy against posting
    anything personal he can of course break the rules.
    I suspect I'm being targeted for speaking out. I'd like to
    cut any futher harrassment attempts at this time with a threat that I think
    he'd listen too. If I had legal recourse then I'm sure he would. Otherwise
    I'm fearing this will escalate since I have "crossed" him...

    Michelle
     
    Michelle, Jul 2, 2003
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  8. Michelle

    Guest Guest

    Always found the best recourse of action is to smash the bastard in
    Awww, man. Now why didn't I think of that <G>

    Like I tell my kids, there's a right way and a wrong way to do everything.
    You make the choice and you accept the consequences.
     
    Guest, Jul 2, 2003
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  9. Michelle,
    I would try to document this problem in a legal sense, in case he tries to
    terminate your
    employment - if he is an owner- There are many things you can do but will he
    get nasty and try to harass you more thinking he is a boss and can get away
    with anything. This is one of the
    common denominators in workplace harassment cases, the jerk is a boss,
    superior etc and
    thinks he can't be harmed.
    Write letters to your other boss or the board of directors, and to your
    local congress person and the police too. Outline that you think he is
    "getting back at you" for speaking out. Have you heard of the Whistle
    Blowers law? IE: You are legally covered in the event you have revealed some
    info that compromises the company or employee. It is very important to do
    one, or all of these things.
    It is a small step to where he will be following you home etc...
    The other bottom line is can you afford legal action? He needs consent to
    publish (IE:emailing) a photo of you, even if others are in the pic, if you
    are distinguishable, you have some say! There are other legal issues as well
    that he is accountable for. However, the detail must be discussed with a
    legal person. I would look for organizations that work in this legal area.

    Anyway, you could not go to work parties, or tell or you other colleagues
    that he is a pervert of some other malicious rumor?
    Regards, C
     
    Christopher Rutty, Jul 5, 2003
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  10. Michelle

    Tell his wife he is taking pictures of you

    Good Luck
    Michael
     
    Michael Weighell, Jul 9, 2003
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