If I’m a school secretary, is it harassment when parents contact you after working hours?

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If I’m a school secretary, is it harassment when parents contact you after working hours?

I’m a school secretary. I have parents calling my house in the evening and tagging me on Facebook posts and messaging me on Facebook about school issues after hours. I work 8:30 am to 4:00 pm daily. I get calls at 8:00 pm in the night. Messages on my Facebook about school related issues. It’s all the time. Do I have a legal rights against these people?

Asked on February 14, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Alaska


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

No, you don't have legal rights against them: there is no law prohibiting parents from calling a school secretary (or any "client" or "customer" calling anyone in any business or organization) at home or after hours, and similarly no law against them contacting you via social media. It's understandable why you don't want them to do this, but they have the right to call/contact you; they are not breaking any laws. You could change your phone number, block phone numbers, change your Facebook privacy settings, etc.--they may have the right to try to call you, but you don't have to make it easy for them, unless the school, as your employer, requires you to actually let them reach you.

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