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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.

W. Andrew Arnold
(864) 242-4800
712 E. Washington St.
Greenville, SC
Specialties
Employment, Litigation, Nursing Home Abuse
Education
USC School of Law,Furman University
State Licensing
South Carolina

W. Andrew Arnold
(864) 242-4800
712 E. Washington St.
Greenville, SC
Specialties
Employment, Litigation, Nursing Home Abuse
Education
USC School of Law
Furman University
State Licensing
South Carolina

Allen Curtis Ladd
(864) 990-1892
105 North Spring St., Suite 105
Greenville, SC
Specialties
Immigration, Employment
Education
Union University, Albany L.S. (NY)
State Licensing
Georgia

Brian P Murphy
(864) 370-9400
514 Pettigru St.
Greenville, SC
Specialties
Employment
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,Pennsylvania State University
State Licensing
Pennsylvania, South Carolina

Satterfield Jr., Andreas N. - Jackson Lewis LLP
(864) 232-7000
55 Beattie Pl Ste 800
Greenville, SC

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Ingrid Blackwelder Erwin
(864) 232-7000
One Liberty Square, 55 Beattie Place, Suite 800
Greenville, SC
Specialties
Employment
Education
University of Virginia
State Licensing
Georgia, Tennessee, Texas

Deborah Casey Brown
(864) 271-9580
One Liberty Square, 55 Beattie Place, Suite 1200
Greenville, SC
Specialties
Employment, Workers Compensation
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University of South Carolina School of Law,Lander College
State Licensing
South Carolina

Michael S. Pitts
(864) 370-2211
PO BOX 10648
GREENVILLE, SC
Specialties
Employment, Litigation, Immigration
State Licensing
North Carolina

Sisters Helping Sisters in South Carolina
(864) 269-1730
9 Ross St.
Greenville, SC
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Atkinson, Courtney C - Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd Pa
(864) 240-3200
75 Beattie Pl Ste 11
Greenville, SC

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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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