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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Use of video surveillance recording in disciplinary actions


Use of video surveillance recording in disciplinary actions
NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection v Gaicia, OATH Index #211/16

With the expanding installation of video surveillance equipment, video tape recordings are being used with increasing frequency in disciplinary actions.

The NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection [Department], alleged that one of its employees, Supervising Sewage Treatment Worker Nicholas Gaicia, had an oral altercation with a co-worker that also involved Gaici's throwing chairs and slamming doors.

The Department introduced a video surveillance recording into evidence, contending that  the video the showed the exchange between Gaicia and his co-worker. It also presented the testimony of three employees in support of the charges it had filed against Gaicia.

Gaicia testified in his defense and called four other employees as witnesses testify on his behalf.

OATH Administrative Law Judge [ALJ] John B. Spooner found that the video tape and the testimony presented by the employer failed to support the “incredible assertion that Gaicia was threatening” his co-worker. The ALJ also found that the allegations that Gaicia had thrown chairs and slammed doors set out in the Department's notice of discipline were not corroborated by the Department’s witnesses.

ALJ Spooner recommended that the disciplinary charges brought against Gaicia be dismissed and that he be reimbursed for the time he was suspended from his position without pay.   

The decision is posted on the Internet at:

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