Do i have right to take backup of work emails to prove overtime after termination

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Do i have right to take backup of work emails to prove overtime after termination

I was terminated on 31st July and I asked for backup of my personal data and they
said yes we will make arrangement. Now they are not responding and also not
paying me overtime I did for 40 hours. Do I have the right to take the backup of
work emails to prove overtime after termination?

Asked on August 12, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Alaska

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

No, you do not: the work emails belong to the employer, not you, and it is actually a form of theft to take them. If you file an overtime lawsuit or complaint, there are ways you and/or the department of labor can legally get these emails--but simply takin a copy of them is not permitted.


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