Employment Law Firms Alamogordo NM

I think my boss is reading my personal e-mails at work. The issue is that I have been going back and forth with this guy I am dating and things have gotten pretty hot, electronically. Is my employer legally allowed to look through these letters? While one might argue that an employee can reasonably expect some level of privacy in their personal e-mails generated on the work computer, employees have virtually no such rights, even if you are accessing your e-mail on your own accounts but using the employers' computer server.

Steven Lamont Lovett
-54375750
500 10th Street, Po Box 1810
Alamogordo, NM
Specialties
Appeals, Business, Employment, Social Security, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Litigation
Education
St. Mary's University
State Licensing
Texas

Eric Lewis Laurence
(505) 764-5448
201 3rd St Nw Ste 1950
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Business, Employment, Real Estate
Education
Univ of Virginia SOL,Stanford Univ
State Licensing
California

John Karl Ziegler
(505) 224-9160
320 Gold Ave, Sw, Ste 1111
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Employment, Personal Injury, Litigation
Education
University of New Mexico
State Licensing
Texas

Kandis Martine
(505) 863-4262
2505 Baca Ct
Gallup, NM
Specialties
Native Peoples Law, Employment, General Practice
State Licensing
Washington

Rodney Lawrence Gabaldon
(505) 842-0392
1412 Lomas Blvd Nw
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Employment
Education
University Of New Mexico
State Licensing
Texas

Ben Stearman Furth
-55223996
Bldg C, 425 S Telshor Ave Ste 204
Las Cruces, NM
Specialties
Employment
Education
Univ of Michigan Law Sch,Univ of California Berkeley
State Licensing
California

Laure Vanheijenoort
(505) 242-2800
4263 Montgomery Bl Ne #230
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Employment
Education
Univ of New Mexico SOL,Brandeis Univ
State Licensing
California

Elizabeth M. Camp
(505) 272-9792
Hssb, Room 318, Msc09 5300, 1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
General Practice, Health Care, Employment
Education
South Texas College Of Law
State Licensing
Texas

Alex Cameron Walker
(505) 848-1861
500 Fourth St, Nw , Ste 1000
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Employment, Personal Injury, Litigation
Education
University Of Texas
State Licensing
Texas

Arturo Ricardo Garcia
(505) 243-5755
400 Gold Ave Sw Ste 1300w
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Insurance, Employment, Personal Injury, Litigation
State Licensing
Washington

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Q: I think my boss is reading my personal e-mails at work. The issue is that I have been going back and forth with this guy I am dating and things have gotten pretty hot, electronically. Is my employer legally allowed to look through these letters?

 

While one might argue that an employee can reasonably expect some level of privacy in their personal e-mails generated on the work computer, employees have virtually no such rights, even if you are accessing your e-mail on your own accounts but using the employers' computer server. If you want to send personal e-mails, jokes and links to content, your employer generally has the right to access any of those materials unless their e-mail/internet usage policy has specifically set forth a reasonable expectation of privacy in those communications, or the employer acts in a manner indicating to the employees that they would enjoy such privacy. To be safe, you must assume that any e-mail you send is or can be reviewed by your employer.

Most employers usually do not review employee's e-mails unless there is some indication of abuse such as complaints about improper communications and/or a tracking system that indicates excessive internet usage. But the law is certainly more favorable to the employer than the employee in this arena. The best way to ascertain your right to e-mail privacy is by closely reading your employer's personnel manual regarding e-mail usage and policies, which courts require need be clearly and well communicated. Of course, disputes over whether such policies are clearly communicated generally arise after the "milk has been spilled," and it is not worth risking your privacy and possibly your employment because of improper use of your e-mail system.

A good rule of thumb is to save the personal communication for your own personal communication devices and accounts, as employers rightfully can expect that their employees are working on employer related matters while using employer owned equipment.

DISCLAIMER: This publication is distributed with the understanding that it does not constitute legal advice or establish an attorney/client relationship by way of any information contained herein. The information provided is for general purposes only, as readers are advised to consult with a qualified lawyer regarding the specifics of their particular circumstances.


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