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WARREN, Ohio - Union members are speaking out against the Trumbull County Engineer saying cameras with audio were installed in inappropriate places.

Employees have filed a grievance alleging what's taking place at the Trumbull County Engineers Office is illegal.

The OSCEA Local 11 Union Steward has filed a grievance against engineer Randy Smith saying cameras installed this month were put in inappropriate places.

Union officials are most upset about the camera in a room where they say two women have their lockers.

"She does come into to work in the morning and might take her sweatshirt off and have her t-shirt underneath. But something might slip. It's wrong," said Lee Stauffer, a union official.

The Trumbull engineer said this is a common work area where the women don't change.

In the grievance filed by Anthony Johnson it states the Trumbull County Engineer also installed audio video cameras in various non-public locations where employees work and assemble to have their union meetings.

OSCEA told them to file a police report which they did.

Trumbull County Engineer Randy Smith tells 21 News the $27,000 system of 19 cameras was installed for various reasons, including that the old ones weren't working well.

"We've had some vandalism occur out hear within the rear garage that happened internally and we felt that was definitely a shortcoming when something like that happens. We wanted to be able to monitor more of the grounds for safety and security type purposes," said Randy Smith, Trumbull County Engineer.

However, union officials say there were no acts of vandalism on the property.

Smith says the audio was never on. "There is no audio capability that has been disabled from day number one."

The union says the employee from the company installing the cameras acted surprised by the scope of the job.

"His exact words were I've never done a job like this. They're really messing with you guys by installing audio in the cameras," Stauffer said.

Trumbull County Commissioners say they have nothing to do with the purchase and all cameras they have in county buildings have no audio due to federal laws.

"What we're going to do is talk to the prosecutor's office. I think there is in that case an expectation of privacy. We are going to confirm that. And if it is confirmed we are going to have to see what we have to do," said Paul Heltzell, Trumbull County Commissioner.

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