Employment Law Firms Leitchfield KY

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.

Nora Fitzgerald Meldrum
(502) 581-8111
2500 National City Tower 101 S Fifth Street
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Employment, Discrimination, Arbitration
State Licensing
Illinois

Sadhna G True
(859) 425-1062
250 W Main Street, Suite 1400
Lexington, KY
Specialties
Employment, Civil Rights, Education
State Licensing
DC

Christopher P. Evensen
(502) 719-3145
6011 Brownsboro Park Blvd., Suite A
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Workers Compensation, Personal Injury
Education
University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
State Licensing
Kentucky

Frank McGinnis Jenkins III
(859) 389-9344
Frank Jenkins Law Office, 631 East Main Street
Lexington, KY
Specialties
Social Security, Workers Compensation, Car Accident, Personal Injury
Education
University of Kentucky Law School
Centre College
State Licensing
Kentucky

Kasey Bond
(513) 651-6186
7310 Turfway Road, Suite 210
Florence, KY
Specialties
Employment
Education
Vanderbilt University
State Licensing
Texas

Kenneth James Henry
(502) 499-4959
2303 Hurstbourne Village Drive, Suite 1200
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Family, Education, Insurance, Employment, Chapter 7, Civil Rights, Chapter 13
State Licensing
Kentucky

Claire Marie Vujanovic
(502) 561-3985
3074 Beals Branch Dr
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Employment, Immigration, Discrimination
State Licensing
North Carolina

Maria N Sorolis
(502) 589-4200
3500 National City Tower, 101 South Fifth Street
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Employment
Education
University of Georgia School of Law,Duke University
State Licensing
DC, Florida

Samuel Duncan Hinkle IV
(502) 333-6000
2000 Pnc Plaza, 500 W Jefferson St
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Employment, Litigation
Education
Yale Law School,Washington & Lee
State Licensing
California

Jeffrey Alan Savarise
(502) 561-3965
Suite 2000, 220 W. Main St
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Employment, Business, Appeals
Education
University of Akron
State Licensing
Ohio, Texas

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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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