Employment Law Firms Westborough MA

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.

Steven T Sager
(508) 898-9900
182 TURNPIKE RD STE 250
WESTBOROUGH, MA
Specialties
Business, Health Care, Employment, Real Estate
Education
Western New England College School of Law,Allegheny College
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Jeffrey K Schaffer
(508) 898-9900
182 TURNPIKE RD STE 250
WESTBOROUGH, MA
Specialties
Corporate, Business, Real Estate, Employment
Education
DePauw University,Indiana University School of Law
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Wallace R Kellegrew Jr
(508) 579-4538
387 WHITNEY ST
NORTHBOROUGH, MA
Specialties
Business, Employment, Mergers & Acquisitions, Contracts
Education
Western New England College School of Law,University of Massachusetts, Amherst
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Michelle L. Tessier
(617) 722-6045
Southborough Place, 134 Turnpike Road
Southborough, MA
Specialties
Litigation, Employment, Discrimination
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Charles J Brucato Jr
(508) 478-2054
189 MAIN STREET, 3RD FLOOR PO BOX 170
MILFORD, MA
Specialties
Personal Injury, Employment, Family, Real Estate, Probate
Education
Boston College Law School,University of Vermont
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Marc L. Terry
(508) 860-1447
& Lougee, 1700 West Park Drive
Westborough, MA
Specialties
Employment, Employee Benefits, Education
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Robert L. Kilroy
(508) 860-1464
1700 W PARK DR
WESTBOROUGH, MA
Specialties
Employment
Education
Cornell Law School,Worcester Polytechnic Institute
State Licensing
Massachusetts

L Stephen McCready
(508) 579-4538
387 WHITNEY ST
NORTHBOROUGH, MA
Specialties
Business, Employment, Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions
Education
Boston University School of Law,Suffolk University Law School,Suffolk University
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Mary C. Casey
(508) 842-9244
385 SOUTH ST
SHREWSBURY, MA
Specialties
Business, Employment, Intellectual Property
Education
Suffolk University Law School,Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law,Worcester State
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Suzette A. Ferreira
(508) 478-2054
189 MAIN STREET, 3RD FLOOR PO BOX 170
MILFORD, MA
Specialties
Real Estate, Probate, Employment, Personal Injury, Family
Education
Suffolk University Law School,Boston College
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Email Issues in the Office

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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