The lawsuit Arias filed last week in a California state court accuses Intermex of invading her privacy, wrongful termination and unfair business practices. She’s seeking $500,000 in lost wages.
Intermex, which is based in Miami, did not return calls for comment.
Arias, 36, is a single mother of two kids in Bakersfield, which is about half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Her story begins last year in February, when she started working at Intermex as a regional sales executive.
It was her job to travel across Central California, visiting bodegas and Hispanic business owners to convince them to install Intermex machines.
With all that time on the road, how did Intermex keep track of employees? Arias says it relied on an app called Xora.
Xora is a legitimate corporate software found in the Apple (AAPL, Tech30) iTunes and Google (GOOGL GOOGLE) Play app stores. Xora lets employees clock in and out, fill out forms and log trips. But it also tracks workers’ locations via GPS, constantly sending that information back to the boss.
After two months on the job, Intermex forced Arias and other employees to download the Xora app onto their company devices, according to the lawsuit. The company also told them they needed to keep their phones on all day, every day.
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