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I was fired from my employer. After leaving the premises my google account
notified me that someone was logged into my account on my old company computer.
The company took screenshots of a conversation I had on a personal account and
are now using it against me. The company is threatening to sue me if I don’t
oblige by their demands. I’m not sure this is legal?

Asked on August 4, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

If it was a company computer, then the employer could legally access anything you did on it; also anything sent over a company network or via a company server. Employees do not have protectible privacy interests in anything stored on, sent by, or received at technology owned by the company. If you did or wrote or sent anything inappropriate from a work machine, your company may legally access it and use it against you.


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