Workplace Privacy

Privacy is a right that is highly valued in American society. Even though people may have more limited privacy in the workplace, there are still certain privacy rights employees have at work. With the advancement of technology, it has become easier for employers to monitor their employees. While employees may not have a reasonable expectation of privacy when sending personal messages from their employer-provided email accounts, there are limits to how much an employer can pry into the lives of its employees. Generally, the law allows employers to monitor their employees while they are on the job and within reason. FindLaw's section on Workplace Privacy provides information regarding the monitoring of employee communications, the use of lie detector tests, background checks, and other related workplace privacy issues.