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Hernandez v. Hillsides, Inc.

Supreme Court of California
211 P.3d 1063 (2009)


Facts

Abigail Hernandez and Maria-Jose Lopez (plaintiffs) (Employees) were employed by Hillsides, Inc. (Hillsides) (defendant) at a nonprofit residential facility for abused children. The Employees shared an office and worked regular business hours. The director of the facility learned that someone had been accessing Lopez’s computer and using it to watch pornography. In an attempt to catch the unauthorized viewer, Hillsides installed a hidden camera in the Employees’ office. The camera’s view was limited to Lopez’s computer, was not utilized during normal business hours, and did not secretly record the Employees at any point. After discovering the camera, the Employees brought an action for invasion of privacy against Hillsides. The trial court granted Hillsides’ motion for summary judgment. The court of appeal reversed, finding triable issues of fact on the essential elements of the claim. Hillsides appealed the decision.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Baxter, J.)

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