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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.

Zenas Baer
(218) 483-3372
331 SIXTH ST PO BOX 249
HAWLEY, MN
Specialties
Personal Injury, State, Local And Municipal Law, Native Peoples Law, Criminal Defense, Employment
Education
Hamline University School of Law,University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
State Licensing
Minnesota

Brent Christopher Kleffman
(651) 647-0506
2233 UNIVERSITY AVE W STE 315
SAINT PAUL, MN
Specialties
Employment, Real Estate, Personal Injury, Workers Compensation, Debt Collection
Education
University of St. Thomas School of Law - Minneapolis,University of Saint Thomas
State Licensing
Minnesota

Laurel Jeane Pugh
(612) 333-3000
33 S 6TH ST STE 3800
MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Specialties
Litigation, Employment, Insurance, State, Local And Municipal Law
Education
University of Minnesota Law School,University of Washington
State Licensing
Minnesota

Silas Fisher Mayberry
1431 Juliet Av
St Paul, MN
Specialties
Divorce, Employment
Education
William Mitchell College of Law
State Licensing
Minnesota

Joel Richard Button
(651) 439-9284
226 E Myrtle St
Stillwater, MN
Specialties
Child Custody, Business, Estate Planning, Employment, Trusts
Education
William Mitchell College of Law,Drake University,University of Minnesota
State Licensing
Minnesota, Wisconsin

Lori J Beck
432 Third Ave Se
Perham, MN
Specialties
Litigation, Personal Injury, Employment, Banking, Business
Education
University of North Dakota School of Law,Luther Seminary,University of North Dakota
State Licensing
Minnesota

Daniel J Boivin
10159 Wayzata Blvd Ste 100
Minnetonka, MN
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Employment, Estate Planning, Family
Education
Hamline University School of Law,University of Wisconsin, Madison
State Licensing
Minnesota

Mark William Wolf
(612) 424-4516
936 NEBRASKA AVE W
SAINT PAUL, MN
Specialties
Workers Compensation, Car Accident, Divorce, Wills
Education
William Mitchell College of Law
State Licensing
Minnesota

Timothy R. Thornton
(612) 977-8550
80 S Eighth St #2200
Minneapolis, MN
Specialties
Business, Transportation, Employment, Class Action, Energy
Education
No Law School provided
State Licensing
Florida, Minnesota

Christine Nell Esckilsen
(612) 303-6000
Ms:J09n02, 800 Nicollet Mall #800
Minneapolis, MN
Specialties
Employment, Litigation
Education
Univ of Michigan Law Sch,Michigan State Univ
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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