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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.

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

Joan M Schulkers
(612) 332-3096
250 3RD AVE N STE 530
MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Specialties
Family, Estate Planning, Investment Fraud, Employment, Litigation
Education
William Mitchell College of Law
State Licensing
Minnesota

Carl David Crosby Lehmann
(612) 632-3000
80 S Eighth St #500
Minneapolis, MN
Specialties
Employment
State Licensing
Minnesota

Michael Paul Iwan
(612) 340-5613
50 S 6TH ST STE 1500
MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Specialties
Employment, Mergers & Acquisitions, Appeals, Discrimination, Public Finance
Education
University of Minnesota Law School,Stanford University
State Licensing
Minnesota

Kelly Ann Swanson
(651) 312-6565
30 E Seventh St #2800
St Paul, MN
Specialties
Litigation, Class Action, Employment
State Licensing
Minnesota

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

Penelope J Phillips
(612) 373-8428
220 S 6th St Ste 2200
Minneapolis, MN
Specialties
Employment, Discrimination, Appeals
State Licensing
Minnesota

Carl F Anderson Jr
(507) 536-9933
1812 Sw Second St #B
Rochester, MN
Specialties
Personal Injury, Litigation, Real Estate, Employment, Family
Education
William Mitchell College of Law,University of Wisconsin, Madison
State Licensing
Minnesota

Stephanie Balmer
(218) 723-1990
306 W Superior St #1200
Duluth, MN
Specialties
Personal Injury, Workers Compensation, Employment
Education
Wm Mitchell College,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

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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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