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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.

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

Catherine M. Fox
(307) 634-3210
422 West 26th Street, P.O. Box 43
Cheyenne, WY
Specialties
Litigation, Employment, Environmental
Education
University of Wyoming College of Law,University of Wyoming
State Licensing
Wyoming

Mitchell H. Edwards
(307) 742-7140
170 North 5th Street, P.O. Box 928
Laramie, WY
Specialties
Litigation, Business, Employment, Environmental, Administrative Law
Education
University of Wyoming College of Law,University of Wyoming
State Licensing
Wyoming

Jeffery Scott Meyer
(307) 234-9345
201 North Wolcott Street
Casper, WY
Specialties
Litigation, Insurance, Medical Malpractice, Workers Compensation, Employment
Education
University of Nebraska College of Law,Hastings College
State Licensing
Wyoming

Kathleen Joanne Swanson
(307) 234-9345
201 North Wolcott Street
Casper, WY
Specialties
Personal Injury, Employment, Insurance
Education
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Leflar Law Center,University of New Mexico
State Licensing
Wyoming

Drake D. Hill
(307) 234-1000
159 North Wolcott Street, Suite 200
Casper, WY
Specialties
Oil & Gas, Environmental, Tax, Employment, Litigation
Education
University of Wyoming College of Law
State Licensing
Wyoming

Kim D. Cannon
(307) 672-7491
40 South Main Street, P.O. Box 728
Sheridan, WY
Specialties
Commercial, Environmental, Litigation, Employment, Real Estate
Education
University of Colorado School of Law,Dartmouth College
State Licensing
Wyoming

Michael B. Rosenthal
(307) 634-7723
2515 Warren Avenue, Suite 500, P.O. Box 1208
Cheyenne, WY
Specialties
Litigation, Mediation, Arbitration, Media, Employment
Education
University of Wyoming College of Law,Colorado College
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

Michael Anthony Labazzo
(307) 587-6115
1285 SHERIDAN AVE. SUITE 220 PO BOX 2016
CODY, WY
Specialties
Business, Car Accident, Commercial, Contracts, Corporate, Employment, Personal Injury, Sexual Harassment, Wrongful Termination
Education
California Western SOL,Univ of North Carolina
State Licensing
California, 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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