Modern day technology brought to the workplace e-mails which resulted in increased productivity and communication. The downside to having open communications is that company information could be leaked or the e-mail account could be used in other unlawful manners. Employers have the right to regulate their e-mail accounts and Internet activities of employees, but there is a fine line between protecting a company and using their power to breach employee rights. The Pennsylvania employee rights lawyers at the Philadelphia law firm of Reiff & Bily have been researching and handling many employee rights cases since 1979.
Employers have the right to protect their information, usually confidential information such as phone numbers, customer’s names and how much they pay for services, or trade secrets, from being released to other companies. This information may be purposely or mistakenly sent out by an employee. E-mail could also be used too harass, discriminate or perform other civil rights violations against other employees. Internet use and personal use of work e-mail accounts might also decrease productivity. Often, companies will also include a disclaimer in the footer of e-mails.