New Jersey - Court: Employee-Attorney E-Mails Are Private
New Jersey - In a decision that could set new ground rules for Internet privacy in the workplace, New Jersey’s Supreme Court has ruled an employer was wrong in retrieving e-mails between a former employee and her attorney, even though they were sent from a company computer.
The 7-0 ruling published in Stengart v. Loving Care Agency is believed to be the first of its kind to reach a state Supreme Court, attorneys involved in the case said.
“Courts are looking more closely at privacy claims in the digital worklplace,” said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a Washington, D.C.-based public-interest research group. “Just because a person is using a company computer doesn’t mean they leave all their rights to privacy at the door.”
The case stemmed from a lawsuit Marina Stengart filed in 2008 against Loving Care, a northern New Jersey company that provides home-care nursing and health services, claiming discrimination based on gender, religion and national origin.
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