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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.

Joel Patrick Hazel
(208) 667-4000
608 NORTHWEST BLVD STE 300
COEUR D ALENE, ID
Specialties
Employment, Construction, Litigation
Education
University of Idaho College of Law,Gonzaga University
State Licensing
Idaho, Washington

William John Murphy Jr.
(208) 772-4400
8884 N. Government Way, Ste. D
Hayden, ID
Specialties
Social Security, Workers Compensation, Wrongful Termination, Medical Malpractice, State, Local And Municipal Law, Wrongful Death, Employment, Slip and Fall Accident, Sexual Harassment, Wills, Personal Injury
Education
University of Washington,Gonzaga University
State Licensing
Idaho

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(208) 667-8989
8596 N Wayne Dr Ste A
Hayden, ID
Specialties
Business, Contracts, Corporate, Fraud, Employment, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Guardianship, Real Estate, Construction, Land Use & Zoning
Education
McGeorge SOL Univ of the Pacific,Brigham Young Univ
State Licensing
California, Washington

Ryan R McNeice
(509) 928-4141
PO BOX 14758
SPOKANE VALLEY, WA
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning, Litigation, Insurance, Employment
Education
Gonzaga University School of Law,Washington State University,Washington State University Honors Coll
State Licensing
Washington

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(509) 926-6212
9503 E Montgomery Ave
Spokane Valley, WA
Specialties
Business, Corporate, Tax, Employment, Estate Planning, Land Use & Zoning
State Licensing
Oregon, Washington

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(208) 667-0683
1626 Lincoln Way
Coeur D Alene, ID
Specialties
Personal Injury, Employment, Personal Injury
State Licensing
Washington

William John Murphy Jr.
(208) 772-4400
8884 N. Government Way, Ste. D
Hayden, ID
Specialties
Social Security, Workers Compensation, Wrongful Termination, Medical Malpractice, State, Local And Municipal Law, Wrongful Death, Employment, Slip and Fall Accident, Sexual Harassment, Wills, Personal Injury
Education
University of Washington
Gonzaga University
State Licensing
Idaho

Donna L Beatty
(509) 928-7414
Po Box 636
Greenacres, WA
Specialties
Contracts, Employment, Social Security, Construction
State Licensing
Washington

Elizabeth Rose Kennar
(509) 926-2056
10202 E FERRET DR
SPOKANE VALLEY, WA
Specialties
Employment, Litigation
Education
University of Washington School of Law,Gonzaga University
State Licensing
Washington

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(509) 927-1504
Po Box 13600
Spokane Valley, WA
Specialties
Appeals, Business, Contracts, Employment
State Licensing
Washington

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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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