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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.

Debbie Ariell Leonard
(775) 788-2000
100 West Liberty St., 10th Fl, Po Box 2670
Reno, NV
Specialties
Employment
Education
UC Berkeley SOL Boalt Hall,Univ of Wisconsin
State Licensing
California

Susan M Heaney
(775) 348-4888
50 W Liberty St #400
Reno, NV
Specialties
Employment, Litigation
Education
UC Berkeley SOL Boalt Hall,Univ of California at Los Angeles
State Licensing
California

Diana Emily Hoffman
(775) 682-1777
4441 Descent Ct
Sparks, NV
Specialties
Business, Employment, Litigation
Education
Lincoln Univ,San Francisco State Unv
State Licensing
California

Anne M. Vohl Esq.
(775) 786-5696
One E. Liberty St., 6th Floor
Reno, NV
Specialties
Administrative Law, Business, Estate Planning, Employment
Education
Harvard Law School
State Licensing
Nevada

James Charles Smith
(702) 329-4394
575 Creighton Way
Reno, NV
Specialties
Employment
Education
McGeorge SOL Univ of the Pacific,Univ of Nevada
State Licensing
California

Rebecca Bruch
(775) 786-3930
P O Box 3559
Reno, NV
Specialties
Employment
Education
McGeorge SOL Univ of the Pacific,California St Univ Sacramento
State Licensing
California

David C. McElhinney
(775) 823-2900
50 W. Liberty Street, Ste. 410
Reno, NV
Specialties
Litigation, Construction, Employment, Personal Injury
Education
McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific,University of the Pacific
State Licensing
California, Nevada

Christopher D Jaime
(775) 827-2000
4785 Caughlin Parkway
Reno, NV
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Employment, Business
Education
Willamette University College of Law,St Mary's College of California
State Licensing
Nevada

Anne M. Vohl Esq.
(775) 786-5696
One E. Liberty St., 6th Floor
Reno, NV
Specialties
Administrative Law, Business, Estate Planning, Employment
Education
Harvard Law School
State Licensing
Nevada

Ralph Stephen Coppola
(775) 741-2333
4785 Rio Pinar Dr
Reno, NV
Specialties
Real Estate, Administrative Law, Contracts, Debt Collection, Employee Benefits, Employment, Federal Regulation, Intellectual Property, Securities Offerings, State, Local And Municipal Law, Tax, Aviation, Business
Education
Georgetown University Law Center,McGeorge SOL Univ of the Pacific,Dartmouth College,Reno High School
State Licensing
California

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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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