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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.

Robert Sean Bradley
(580) 931-3370
2915 University
Durant, OK
Specialties
Intellectual Property, Tax, Business, Health Care, Employment, Intellectual Property, Real Estate
Education
Southern Methodist University
State Licensing
Texas

Brandon Joe Burton
(405) 232-0555
308 Nw 13th St, #100, P.O. Box 2666
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Employment, Social Security, Personal Injury
Education
Oklahoma City University
State Licensing
Texas

Ben Ballengee
215 Dean A. Mcgee Avenue, Suite 820
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Intellectual Property, Employment, Probate, Administrative Law, Landlord & Tenant
Education
Texas Tech University
State Licensing
Texas

Art Adams
(918) 496-9155
10202 East 41st Street
Tulsa, OK
Specialties
Social Security, Motorcycle Accident, Slip and Fall Accident, Personal Injury, Workers Compensation
Education
University of Tulsa College of Law
State Licensing
Oklahoma

Paula J. Quillin
(918) 583-7129
525 S Main Ste 1000
Tulsa, OK
Specialties
Employment, Litigation
Education
University of Texas
State Licensing
Oklahoma, Texas

Micah Dawn Knight
(405) 924-1849
123 7th Street, P.O. Box 1576
Durant, OK
Specialties
Employment
Education
University of Oklahoma
State Licensing
Texas

Micah Dawn Knight
(405) 924-1849
123 7th Street, P.O. Box 1576
Durant, OK
Specialties
Employment
Education
University of Oklahoma
State Licensing
Texas

Marcia Mott Macleod
(918) 573-4943
P O Box 2400, Md 34-8, One Williams Center
Tulsa, OK
Specialties
Employment
Education
University of Tulsa
State Licensing
Colorado, Texas

Paul Bradley Bendure
(918) 586-5711
4000 One Williams Center
Tulsa, OK
Specialties
Insurance, Employment, Personal Injury, Construction, Litigation
Education
University Of Oklahoma
State Licensing
Texas

Clayton Hasbrook
(405) 235-1551
120 N. Robinson Ave., Suite 2700
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Wrongful Termination, Employment, Personal Injury
Education
University of Oklahoma College of Law,University of Oklahoma
State Licensing
Oklahoma

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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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