Rami Levy Under Investigation for Violating Workers’ Privacy

Rami Levy has opened another brach of his chain supermarkets in Gush Etzion, were palestinians and Israeli shop side by side. August 3 2010. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** ???? ????? ???????? ????? ????? ??? ???
A Rami Levy supermarket. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

Police have opened an investigation against the Rami Levy supermarket chain  over charges by employees that management has been spying on them, illicitly recording their private activities and conversations in-store, or having them followed outside of work hours. A report in business daily Globes said that a worker who had come forward to complain about the matter launched the investigation, and that police have already questioned senior management this week.

According to the worker, who gave an interview on Channel Two, the company used video surveillance cameras to record all actions and conversations of workers while they were on duty, and used the phones that were distributed to workers to locate them at any time (using a device’s GPS chip) and even occasionally eavesdrop on their conversations. “They have a cellphone service unit, which gives them the ability to invade the privacy of workers,” stated the employee. “It gives them full information about where we were, who we met with, all automatically updated, recorded, and analyzed.”

Rami Levy has not officially commented on the matter, but unconfirmed sources inside the firm vociferously denied the charges. According to the sources, the accusations are “part of a series of coincidences and misunderstandings, and an organized campaign against the company.” Police have not publicly commented on the investigation either.