What's the worst that could happen?
While this foray into treating employees like beloved pets sounds benign, it's only the beginning. I guarantee that if this company's employees agree to be microchipped, employers all over the country will demand the right to implant employees with chips that do have GPS and other nasty tracking software.
I can tell you some of the worst that can happen with microchipping employees. Here are just some of the possible nightmare scenarios:
- Worker's comp: Infections, allergic reactions, cancer (yes, cancer), medical problems galore.
- Religious discrimination: Some employees will have religious objections to these implants. Will those objections be honored, or will the employees be fired?
- Privacy: Employers will know where employees are at all times. Do you really want your employer timing your bathroom breaks, logging every time you get a cup of coffee or take a brief walk to stretch your legs? And if they have GPS, they will know every time you go to a bar, a movie (and can figure out what movie you saw), political rally, union meeting, etc.
- NLRB: If employers can track which employees go to union meetings, I predict some NLRB complaints.
- Disability and pregnancy discrimination: It's only a matter of time before microchips are a "wellness" measure tracking your blood pressure, weight, diseases, and pregancy. Once employers are aware of this information, I can guarantee disability and pregnancy discrimination suits will abound. You should not trust your employer with your health information. It's none of their business.
Need I go on? Just say no to employer microchipping, before all employees are treated like dogs.