A Michigan Wrongful Termination Attorney Discusses Workplace Emails

by | Jul 3, 2017 | Employment Law | 0 comments

A skilled Michigan wrongful termination attorney will warn you that simply because the email you sent from your desk was not directed to your employer, that does not mean that he or she can’t see it. It is a common practice for businesses to put into place corporate policies concerning employer access to employee emails.

When these are properly instituted and observed, your employer is within his/her rights to examine your computer-generated correspondence, assuming that you have been properly made aware of the policy. Your Michigan wrongful termination lawyer can advise you that when a former employer is building a defense against your lawsuit, he or she will use whatever means is necessary to bolster that defense—including invading what you may see as your private correspondence. As your Michigan wrongful termination lawyer can tell you, the fight is on by then and you must be ready for it.

What Is the Employer Looking For?
Your Michigan wrongful termination lawyer can explain that by examining your emailed correspondence, your employer hopes to find information that has to do with the charges you are bringing against the company, any information that your employer may be able to use against you especially if there is some reference to wrongdoing on your part for which you could justifiably be fired, and any possible basis for a counter-charge.

You should also be aware that your emails are not the only ones your employer may be reading—your associates or coworkers may be subject to examination also if your employer has reason to think you might have written them concerning your claims. As a caveat, however, this only works if your employer has the appropriate policies in place and has made them available to the staff, including you. If there is no such policy, then monitoring your electronic correspondence may constitute invasion of your privacy.

What about Social Networking Sites?
Your Michigan wrongful termination lawyer can tell you that anything you post on the Internet becomes public instantly. This includes anything you might have posted on your website if you have one, weblogs, Facebook or other social networking postings, résumés posted on job-seeker sites, and so on. Most of this will probably have absolutely nothing to do with your case, but it does yield a great deal of information about you, and your employer could potentially find something useful. Your Michigan wrongful termination lawyer can give you the following simple recommendation—don’t put anything on the Internet that you don’t want the whole world to know.

Be Sure You Know Your Rights
If you are involved in an employment suit, be sure you have the representation you need. Contact a Michigan wrongful termination lawyer with the Law Offices of Christopher Trainor & Associates by calling 800-961-8477 today.

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