Telephone and Voice Mail Privacy At Work

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What Is My Employer's Phone Privacy Policy?

Generally, your employer may listen to your work-related phone conversations. More specific information concerning exact company policies are likely to be discussed:

Lacking knowledge of your employer's privacy policy will probably not be a strong argument if you have violated other company regulations. Therefore, you should become familiar with the rules and expectations that exist in your workplace.

Can My Employer Monitor My Phone Conversations?

Your employer is usually permitted to listen to your phone calls at work, as long as the conversations are for quality-control purposes or client-related. An employer may not listen to a personal conversation. However, if you have been instructed not to make personal calls (and you do), you may not be have access to a privacy defense.

Can My Employer Check My Phone Records?

A pen register can be used to record outgoing phone numbers from your extension. Employers can use pen registers to monitor actual phone numbers you dialed and the length of your conversation.

Can My Employer Listen To My Voice Mail?

As long as your employer has a work-related reason to question the content of your voice mail, it may monitor the recordings. However, your employer may have difficulty showing that you are not entitled to voice mail privacy, especially if it:

Do I Need An Employment Lawyer?

If you believe that you have been wrongfully terminated based on a workplace phone conversation or voice mail, you may consider speaking with an employment lawyer. An attorney will be familiar with the federal and state laws that apply to your personal employment situation and may represent you in court, if necessary.

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Last Modified: 06-07-2012 04:35 PM PDT

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