New Jersey employment attorneys agree that an employer has the right to read email of its employees that is sent or received on an email account owned by the employer. But does the employer have the right to read an employee’s email on her personal, password-protected Yahoo email account just because she read it on a computer owned by the employer? Right now, the answer is no. In a case where the employer’s lawyers read the privileged communications between its employee and her lawyer, an appellate court in New Jersey ruled that such a practice is an invasion of privacy that serves no legitimate business purpose. The Supreme Court of New Jersey is now considering the case and will provide the final decision on this issue in the next few months. In the meantime, be careful and avoid sending or reading anything personal on a machine owned by the boss.
March 26, 2010 – Paul Castronovo – Castronovo & McKinney – New Jersey Discrimination Attorneys