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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.

Loyd Edgar Smith
(307) 634-7500
508 West 27th Street
Cheyenne, WY
Specialties
Litigation, Personal Injury, Trucking Accident, Insurance, Employment
Education
University of Wyoming College of Law,University of Wyoming
State Licensing
Wyoming

David F. Evans
(307) 634-1525
1800 Carey Avenue, Suite 700, P.O. Box 467
Cheyenne, WY
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Commercial, Employment, Education
Education
University of Wyoming College of Law,University of Wyoming
State Licensing
Wyoming

Bruce S. Asay
(307) 632-2888
1807 Capitol Avenue, Suite 203
Cheyenne, WY
Specialties
Employment, Civil Rights, Energy, Administrative Law, Litigation
Education
University of Wyoming College of Law,Brigham Young University
State Licensing
Wyoming

James Corey Worthen
(307) 234-9345
201 North Wolcott Street
Casper, WY
Specialties
Litigation, Employment, Insurance, Workers Compensation
Education
University of Wyoming College of Law,University of Wyoming
State Licensing
Wyoming

Paul J Hickey
(307) 634-1525
1800 Carey Avenue Ste 700, P O Box 467
Cheyenne, WY
Specialties
Energy, Environmental, Personal Injury, Employment, Estate Planning
Education
University of Wyoming College of Law,University of Wyoming
State Licensing
Colorado, Wyoming

Joanna R Vilos
(307) 778-4261
P.O. Box 1347
Cheyenne, WY
Specialties
Litigation, Employment
Education
Harvard University Law School,University of Maryland
State Licensing
Colorado, Wyoming

Chris Dull Edwards
(307) 527-7891
1135 14th Street, P.O. Box 490
Cody, WY
Specialties
Estate Planning, Business, Employment, Contracts, Litigation
Education
University of Wyoming College of Law,University of Wyoming,University of Wyoming
State Licensing
Wyoming

Erika Marie Nash
(307) 734-1908
170 East Broadway, Unit 100C, P.O. Box 3070
Jackson, WY
Specialties
Construction, Litigation, Employment, Real Estate, Business
Education
University of Wyoming College of Law,University of Wyoming
State Licensing
Wyoming

Roger E. Shumate
(307) 234-9345
201 North Wolcott Street
Casper, WY
Specialties
Litigation, Employment, Civil Rights
Education
University of Wyoming College of Law,University of Wyoming
State Licensing
Wyoming

Heather Anne Zadina
(307) 634-7500
508 West 27th Street
Cheyenne, WY
Specialties
Litigation, Employment, Agriculture, Civil Rights, Estate Planning
Education
University of Nebraska College of Law,University of Nebraska
State Licensing
Colorado, Wyoming

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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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