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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.

Danielle B Omasta
(860) 646-5606
447 CENTER ST
MANCHESTER, CT
Specialties
Employment, Litigation
Education
University of Connecticut School of Law,Mount Holyoke College
State Licensing
Connecticut

Kathleen Eldergill
(860) 646-5606
447 CENTER ST
MANCHESTER, CT
Specialties
Employment, Civil Rights, Litigation, Environmental
Education
University of Connecticut School of Law,University of Connecticut
State Licensing
Connecticut

Julia M Paul
(860) 649-2865
113 E CENTER ST
MANCHESTER, CT
Specialties
Estate Planning, Employment, Personal Injury, Residential, Family
Education
Albany Law School of Union University,Hartwick College
State Licensing
Connecticut

Kane Bennett
(860) 633-0415
90 National Drive
Glastonbury, CT
Specialties
Employee Law

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Frank A May
(860) 659-1341
655 WINDING BROOK DRIVE PO BOX 1087
GLASTONBURY, CT
Specialties
Insurance, Employment, Discrimination, Social Security, Workers Compensation
Education
University of Connecticut School of Law,University of Rhode Island
State Licensing
Connecticut

Marc P Mercier
(860) 646-5606
447 CENTER ST
MANCHESTER, CT
Specialties
Litigation, Employment, Civil Rights, Education
Education
University of Connecticut School of Law,University of Connecticut
State Licensing
Connecticut

Barbara E Gardner
(860) 643-5543
843 MAIN ST STE 1-4
MANCHESTER, CT
Specialties
Employment, Litigation, Civil Rights, Sexual Harassment, Wrongful Termination
Education
New England School of Law,Rutgers University
State Licensing
Connecticut

Mark Francis Williams
(203) 575-2618
103 Cliffwood Drive
South Windsor, CT
Specialties
Employment, Health Care, Tax
State Licensing
Connecticut, Massachusetts

Adam J Teller
(860) 528-2145
33 CONNECTICUT BOULEVARD PO BOX 280225
EAST HARTFORD, CT
Specialties
Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Family, Employment, Civil Rights
Education
Harvard University Law School,Harvard University
State Licensing
Connecticut

Joel A Defelice
(860) 871-8000
76 S FRONTAGE RD
VERNON, CT
Specialties
Personal Injury, Real Estate, Estate Planning, Criminal Defense, Employment
Education
University of Connecticut School of Law,American University,American University
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Connecticut

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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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