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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.

Paul Bradley Bendure
(918) 586-5711
4000 One Williams Center
Tulsa, OK
Specialties
Insurance, Employment, Personal Injury, Construction, Litigation
Education
University Of Oklahoma
State Licensing
Texas

Nicole R. Snapp-Holloway
(888) 429-0609
2908 VIA ESPERANZA
EDMOND, OK
Specialties
Defective & Dangerous Products, Medical Malpractice, Nursing Home Abuse, Employment, Personal Injury
Education
Oklahoma City University School of Law
Miami University of Ohio
State Licensing
Oklahoma

Sarah Elizabeth Isbell
(405) 204-7173
9300 N May Ave Ste 400-292
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Appeals, Entertainment, Employment, Sexual Harassment, Personal Injury, Construction
Education
University of Oklahoma
State Licensing
Texas

Jason Sean Taylor
(918) 586-5711
4000 One Williams Center
Tulsa, OK
Specialties
Employment
Education
University of Oklahoma
State Licensing
Texas

Brandon Joe Burton
(405) 232-0555
308 Nw 13th St, #100, P.O. Box 2666
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Employment, Social Security, Personal Injury
Education
Oklahoma City University
State Licensing
Texas

Chace William Daley
(918) 594-0692
320s Boston Ave., Ste.200
Tulsa, OK
Specialties
International Law, Employment, Family
State Licensing
Missouri

Larri Sue Jones
(405) 850-0967
Po Box 272603
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Tax, Employment
Education
Oklahoma City Univ Law School,Central St Univ
State Licensing
California

John Scott Stonehocker
(918) 671-4347
4400 Warrington Way
Norman, OK
Specialties
Intellectual Property, Business, Insurance, Oil & Gas, Fraud, Employment, Environmental, Administrative Law, Intellectual Property, International Law, Real Estate, Construction, Litigation
Education
University of Oklahoma
State Licensing
Texas

Lynn Paul Mattson
(918) 586-8957
1310 North Old North Place
Sand Springs, OK
Specialties
Employment
Education
Southern Methodist University
State Licensing
Texas

Andrew William Lester
(405) 844-9900
1701 South Kelly Avenue
Edmond, OK
Specialties
Appeals, Insurance, Employment, Administrative Law, Litigation
Education
Georgetown University
State Licensing
Colorado, Texas

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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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