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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

Jean Marie Brandl
12 S 6th St Ste 510
Minneapolis, MN
Specialties
Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Employment, Adoption, Civil Rights
Education
Univ of Minnesota L S,Mount Holyoke Coll
State Licensing
California, Minnesota

Scott J Newman
(320) 587-6303
95 2ND AVE SE
HUTCHINSON, MN
Specialties
Litigation, Employment, Administrative Law, Personal Injury, Family
Education
William Mitchell College of Law
State Licensing
Minnesota

Matthew James Pfohl
(952) 224-3644
7401 METRO BLVD STE 575
EDINA, MN
Specialties
Business, Employment, Franchising
Education
Loyola University Chicago School of Law,University of Notre Dame
State Licensing
Minnesota

Virginia A Dwyer
(651) 456-9000
1260 Yankee Doodle Rd #200
Eagan, MN
Specialties
Business, Employment, Real Estate, Litigation, Estate Planning
Education
University of Minnesota Law School,College of St Catherine
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

Megan Jo Backer
(612) 305-7592
400 One Financial Plaza, 120 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN
Specialties
Sexual Harassment, Employment, Civil Rights
State Licensing
Minnesota

Daniel B Honsey
(320) 587-8150
131 SOUTH MAIN STREET PO BOX 129
HUTCHINSON, MN
Specialties
Employment, Litigation, Debt Collection, Family, Criminal Defense
Education
University of Minnesota Law School,University of Minnesota, Morris
State Licensing
Minnesota

Julie Ann Doherty
(612) 359-7600
800 LASALLE AVE STE 1900
MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Specialties
Construction, Litigation, Employment
Education
William Mitchell College of Law,University of Minnesota
State Licensing
Minnesota

David W. Larson
(651) 767-3746
444 Cedar St # 2050
Saint Paul, MN
Specialties
Employment
Education
U of Minnesota
State Licensing
Minnesota, Wisconsin

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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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