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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.

Michael John Moore
(405) 525-4131
3313 N. Classen Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Employment, Personal Injury
Education
University Of Oklahoma
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Texas

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(405) 924-1849
123 7th Street, P.O. Box 1576
Durant, OK
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Employment
Education
University of Oklahoma
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Texas

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(405) 235-1611
1109 N Francis
Oklahoma City, OK
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Employment
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Columbia University
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Texas

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(405) 235-1551
120 N. Robinson Ave., Suite 2700
Oklahoma City, OK
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University of Oklahoma College of Law,University of Oklahoma
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Oklahoma

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(918) 594-0692
320s Boston Ave., Ste.200
Tulsa, OK
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International Law, Employment, Family
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(918) 573-4943
P O Box 2400, Md 34-8, One Williams Center
Tulsa, OK
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University of Tulsa
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320 S. Boston Ave., Suite 1026
Tulsa, OK
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University Of Oklahoma
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Texas

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525 S Main Ste 1000
Tulsa, OK
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University of Texas
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2021 S. Lewis Avenue, Suite 660
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Creighton University
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Texas

Email Issues in the Office

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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