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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.

Carol Lee Childress
(480) 374-9884
Po Box 2504
Peoria, AZ
Specialties
Health Care, Native Peoples Law, Contracts, Corporate, Tax, Employment, Estate Planning, Guardianship, Government, Administrative Law, Litigation
Education
University of Miami School of Law
State Licensing
Florida, Washington

William Stuart Marrs
(623) 551-2984
40625 N Candlewyck Ln
Anthem, AZ
Specialties
Employment
Education
UC Berkeley SOL Boalt Hall,Univ of California Berkeley
State Licensing
California

Bradley Justin Crider
(602) 635-1026
7319 North 16th Street, Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ
Specialties
Family, Mediation, Estate Planning, Employment
Education
Texas Tech University School of Law,Western International University
State Licensing
Arizona

Bradley Justin Crider
(602) 635-1026
7319 North 16th Street, Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ
Specialties
Family, Mediation, Estate Planning, Employment
Education
Texas Tech University School of Law
Western International University
State Licensing
Arizona

Michelle Kunzman
(800) 294-9653
7319 N 16TH ST STE 100
PHOENIX, AZ
Specialties
Family, Employment
Education
Hamline University School of Law
University of Minnesota
State Licensing
Arizona

Judith Elaine Abramsohn
6670 W CACTUS RD
GLENDALE, AZ
Specialties
Family, Employment, Litigation
Education
Suffolk UniversityLaw School,University of Arizona
State Licensing
Arizona

German A. Salazar
(623) 249-2235
1925 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd.
Phoenix, AZ
Specialties
Intellectual Property, Debt Collection, Employment, Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Contracts
Education
Georgetown University,University of Miami
State Licensing
Arizona, Florida, Texas

Paul Graham Ulrich
(602) 248-9465
131 E El Caminito Dr
Phoenix, AZ
Specialties
Employment
Education
Stanford Univ Law School,Montana State Univ
State Licensing
California

Charles L. Chester
(602) 943-7540
7000 N 16th St, Ste 120- Onb 184
Phoenix, AZ
Specialties
Litigation, Employment
Education
University Of Houston
State Licensing
Arizona, Texas

Michelle Kunzman
(800) 294-9653
7319 N 16TH ST STE 100
PHOENIX, AZ
Specialties
Family, Employment
Education
Hamline University School of Law,University of Minnesota
State Licensing
Arizona

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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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