Skip to main content
Please enter a legal issue and/or a location
Begin typing to search, use arrow keys to navigate, use enter to select

Find a Lawyer

More Options

Ruling on Public Safety Employees' Fourth Amendment and Illegal Wiretap Claims

By FindLaw Staff on February 24, 2010 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

In Walden v. City of Providence, No. 08-1534, the First Circuit dealt with an action by public safety employees against a city and various city officials claiming that the automatic recording system at a new city building complex violated their rights.

As stated in the decision: "The state Attorney General's Office concluded that there was no evidence that any of the calls recorded were listened to 'without consent of a call participant or for a criminal, malicious, or non-business-related reason.'" 

In reversing the district court's decision for the plaintiffs, the court held that the defendants are entitled to qualified immunity as there is no clearly established law that public safety employees, such as police officers and firefighters, had a clearly established right under the Fourth Amendment not to have calls made at work recorded. 


You Don’t Have To Solve This on Your Own – Get a Lawyer’s Help

Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.

Or contact an attorney near you:
Copied to clipboard