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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.

Dirk Julius Derrick
(843) 248-7486
802 Main Street
Conway, SC
Specialties
Social Security, Workers Compensation, Car Accident, Personal Injury
State Licensing
South Carolina

Williams, Christopher - Mc Nair Law Firm
(843) 444-1107
2411 Oak St Ste 206
Myrtle Beach, SC

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Koger M. Bradford
(864) 594-5303
100 Dunbar Street, Suite 200
Spartanburg, SC
Specialties
Debt Collection, Banking, Business, Employment, Real Estate
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,University of South Carolina
State Licensing
South Carolina

David F Stoddard
(864) 375-0000
320 East River Street
Anderson, SC
Specialties
Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, Family, Employment, Business
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,Clemson University
State Licensing
South Carolina

J. Hagood Tighe
(803) 255-0000
P. O. Box 11612
Columbia, SC
Specialties
Employment, Business, Litigation
State Licensing
North Carolina

David Swanner
(843) 448-0499
409 21st Ave. North
Myrtle Beach, SC
Specialties
Personal Injury, Employment & Labor Relations
Secondary Specialties
Optometry Malpractice, Asbestos Mesothelioma, Amputation, Slip & Fall, Truck Accidents, Elder and Nursing Home Abuse, Invasion of Privacy, Nursing Home Negligence, Toxic Mold, Medication Malpractice, Tobacco, Wrongful Death, Manufacturing Defects, Radiation & Electromagnetic Energy, Burn Injury, Emergency Room Errors, Felony Auto Accident, Cosmetic Surgery, Jones Act, Motorcycle Accidents, Pesticides, Wrong Diagnosis or Misdiagnosis, Psychiatric Malpractice, Design Defects, HMO Managed Case
State Licensing
South Carolina

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Patrick Luciano Cont
(864) 580-2020
159 Hall Street
Spartanburg, SC
Specialties
Immigration, Employment
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,Wofford College
State Licensing
South Carolina

Alexander David Paterra
(803) 231-2500
1201 MAIN ST STE 1930
COLUMBIA, SC
Specialties
Employment, Discrimination, Litigation
Education
University of Dayton School of Law,Butler University
State Licensing
North Carolina

Donald C. Coggins Jr.
(864) 585-5100
178 W. Main St.
Spartanburg, SC
Specialties
Litigation, Personal Injury, Employment, Wrongful Death, Nursing Home Abuse
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,Clemson University
State Licensing
South Carolina

Elloree A. Ganes
(843) 577-1208
P.O. Box 1508
Charleston, SC
Specialties
Medical Malpractice, Health Care, Insurance, Employment, Litigation
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,Charleston Southern University
State Licensing
South Carolina

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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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