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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.

Brenda Lynn Roberts
(775) 684-1586
200 N Carson St
Carson City, NV
Specialties
Employment
Education
Lewis & Clark Coll Northwestern SOL,Univ of California Davis
State Licensing
California

Nancy Jo Thompson
(775) 586-9500
1663 US Hwy 395 N Ste 201
Minden, NV
Specialties
Employment, Intellectual Property
Education
New Coll of CA SOL,Univ of Texas
State Licensing
California

Anna M. Martin
(775) 833-2269
PO Box 7085
Incline Village, NV
Specialties
Litigation, Insurance, Employment, Personal Injury
Education
McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific,California State Polytechnic University
State Licensing
Nevada

Jay Bennett Long
(562) 366-1671
Po Box 7680
Incline Village, NV
Specialties
Employment
Education
UC Davis SOL King Hall,Univ of California Davis
State Licensing
California

Austin Amanda Quinn-Davidson
(775) 588-4547
128 Market St, Po Box 5310
Stateline, NV
Specialties
Employment, Real Estate
Education
UC Davis SOL King Hall,Univ of California Santa Barbara
State Licensing
California

Dominique Michel Etchegoyhen
(775) 338-9840
Po Box 2469
Minden, NV
Specialties
Employment, Real Estate
Education
Golden Gate Univ SOL,Univ of Colorado Boulder
State Licensing
California

Karen L. Winters
(775) 782-7933
P.O. Box 1987
Minden, NV
Specialties
Employment, Estate Planning, Civil Rights, Real Estate, Business
Education
Golden Gate University School of Law,University of Nevada-Reno
State Licensing
Nevada

Lewis S Feldman
(775) 588-5311
P O Box 1249
Zephyr Cove, NV
Specialties
Business, Employment, Real Estate
Education
Loyola Law School,Pepperdine Univ
State Licensing
California

Kara Levonne Thiel
(775) 588-5311
182 US Hwy 50, Po Box 1249
Zephyr Cove, NV
Specialties
Employment, Real Estate
Education
McGeorge SOL Univ of the Pacific,Georgia Inst of Tech
State Licensing
California

Joanne Susan Marchetta
(775) 589-5226
128 Market St, Po Box 5310
Stateline, NV
Specialties
Employment, Landlord & Tenant
Education
University of Michigan,Catholic U of Amer Columbus SOL
State Licensing
California

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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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