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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.

Tasha M Stevens
(302) 856-7777
28 The Circle, P.O. Box 250
Georgetown, DE
Specialties
Administrative Law, Litigation, Immigration, Employment, Personal Injury
Education
Howard University School of Law,Virginia State University
State Licensing
Delaware

James G Mcmillan III
(302) 777-6556
1105 N. MARKET STREET, 15TH FL
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Employment, Commercial, Litigation
State Licensing
Delaware

Keri L Morris
(302) 552-4372
1220 N. MARKET STREET,5TH FL., P.O. BOX 8888
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Employment, Discrimination, Civil Rights
State Licensing
Delaware

Thomas S Neuberger
(302) 655-0582
2 East 7th Street, Suite 302
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Employment
Education
Georgetown University Law Center,Saint Joseph's University,University of Delaware
State Licensing
Delaware

Jennifer C Wasson
(302) 984-6165
1313 N. MARKET STREET, P.O. BOX 951
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Employment, Administrative Law, Business
State Licensing
Delaware

Anthony J De Marco
(302) 674-8500
840 Walker Rd.
Dover, DE
Specialties
Social Security, Administrative Law, Employment
Education
Boston College Law
State Licensing
DC, Massachusetts

Sarah E Diluzio
(302) 984-6279
1313 NORTH MARKET STREET, P.O. BOX 951
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Employment, Business, Litigation
State Licensing
Delaware

Michael B Rush
(302) 984-6154
1313 N. MARKET STREET, 6TH FLOOR
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Employment, Health Care, Business
State Licensing
Delaware

Natalie Marie Ippolito
(302) 652-1200
2201 W. 11th Street
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Car Accident, Construction, Defective & Dangerous Products, Slip and Fall Accident, Employment
Education
Widener University School of Law,Widener University
State Licensing
Pennsylvania

Jennifer G Brady
(302) 984-6042
1313 NORTH MARKET STREET, P.O. BOX 951
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Employment, Health Care, Business
State Licensing
Delaware

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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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