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A manager company I am employed with has been and taken

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A manager for the company I am employed with has been and taken a picture of my house without my knowledge or consent. He has now shown it to fellow employees, one of which has told me he has it on his computer. How do I stand legally with this?
Hello, my name is***** am a solicitor on this site and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. Did he just take the photo from the street?how did he find out where you lived? Also how long have you worked there for?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I have been told he took the picture of a trailer that I use for work. The picture has the number plate showing. I always reverse the trailer onto my property so he would need to come onto my property to get the picture. The description that my work colleague gave me of the number plate the picture was taken approx 2.5 years ago. I am leaving the company in December and 2 managers seem to be trying to make it difficult in my notice period.
Whether there were any legal issues with the photo would depend on where it was taken from. There is nothing illegal with someone taking a photo of your house from the street, i.e. when they are on public property. However, if they had come onto your property in the process, without amy permission to do so would likely amount to trespass. This is not a criminal offence and it is a civil one so the issue here is that you can only bring in a claim if you have suffered damages or losses as a result. I cannot see that having a photo taken has caused you any financial losses so even though the act of coming onto your property to take the photo may have amounted to trespass, it does not mean that you can do anything unless you can show this act has resulted in financial losses to you.
The whole issue of managers trying to make life difficult for you now is something which you could pursue internally through the employer’s grievance procedure. If that does not help resolve matters then your only other option is to consider leaving early and treating yourself as having been constructively dismissed. It does mean you will lose the remainder of your notice period and whilst you could try and sue them for that it does make it more difficult to recover it so only go down that route if you believe that you can no longer continue working there as a result of this.
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