Can employer read private e-mail w/o notice?

I was recently terminated by my employer for disclosing "confidential" information. The confidential information was a resignation letter that a former employee copied to me (I forwarded it to two other former employees), as well as other office gossip. He discovered these e-mails by searching my personal e-mail (hotmail) account, not the one provided by the firm. This was done without providing any notice to employees that e-mails were subject to monitoring. The employer only recently provided employees with an office e-mail account(employees had to use their own e-mail accounts before this). Can he get away with that? I feel so violated by the invasion.

There is much more to this story ... including unpaid overtime. He's trying to get me to sign a 7 page release in exchange for severance pay. I think he's nervous.


1 answer  |  asked Sep 4, 2007 8:06 PM [EST]  |  applies to Florida

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David Goldman

You have many issues, you need to have an attorney review the issues and release. Often releases are in exchange for the employee giving up substantial rights.

posted by David Goldman  |  Sep 5, 2007 07:29 AM [EST]

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