California Woman Says She Was Fired for Disabling Work Phone GPS

Lawsuit alleges GPS could monitor employees 24/7.

ByALYSSA NEWCOMB
May 13, 2015, 2:41 PM
PHOTO: A woman claims she was fired after she deleted a GPS app from her company phone.
A woman claims she was fired after she deleted a GPS app from her company phone.
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— -- A California woman has filed a lawsuit against her former employer alleging she was fired after deleting an app from her work phone that could track her every movement.

As a sales executive at money transfer service Intermex, Myrna Arias said she was required to have the Xora app open on her company-issued smartphone at all times, according to a lawsuit filed on May 5 in Kern County Superior Court.

Xora is a corporate application that lets employees clock in and out, log trips and manage paperwork. It also follows their location via GPS -- something a manager could have access to as a way to keep track of their employees.

During the three months she worked at Intermex, Arias had no performance issues and earned around $7,250 per month, including commission, according to the lawsuit.

After researching the app, Arias asked her supervisor whether it would be monitoring her movements when she wasn't working, according to the lawsuit.

Arias' supervisor "admitted that employees would be monitored while off duty and bragged that he knew how fast she was driving at specific moments ever since she installed the app on her phone," court documents said.

She decided to un-install the app in late April and was scolded by her supervisor, according to the lawsuit. Her employment with Intermex ended on May 5, 2014.

Arias' attorney Gail Glick did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment. She told Ars Technica that the app's clock in and out feature did not turn off the GPS function.

"Her manager made it clear that he was using the program to continuously monitor her, during company as well as personal time," she said.

Intermex did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment. An attorney was not listed in court documents.

Arias is alleging wrongful termination, unfair practices and invasion of privacy in the lawsuit. She is seeking $500,000 for lost future wages.

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