Technology has become a large part of the workplace as it has grown and changed. Many employers provide employees with desktop computers in the office, laptops to take home, and even company smartphones to use for work purposes. While this is intended to improve employee efficiency, it also opens the door for employees to utilize work devices for personal use. Although companies are legally allowed to mandate how company property is to be used, they must still abide by federal laws and cannot monitor employees’ personal information at will. If you have been fired or demoted after your employer has monitored your company internet use, you may have grounds for a lawsuit against your employer. Contact our Atlanta employment attorneys today. Our lawyers service the greater Atlanta Metro area and are ready to assist you.
Atlanta employment attorneys filing lawsuits on behalf of employees who have been terminated after a violation of privacy rights
Privacy laws in the workplace can become extremely murky and often are dependent on the specific facts of a situation. The extent to which an employer may monitor an employee’s computer use is highly dependent on the wording of company policy, the regularity with which the employer monitors activity, and the consistency with which the employer monitors all employees equally. However, employers must still follow laws even if they have a clear internet monitoring policy. They cannot read your personal email, require that you provide personal login information to social media, or monitor activity which is protected by a secure password. Likewise, a company may be able to monitor what phone calls you make on a company phone but does not have the authority to read personal text messages.
If you have been fired due to a privacy violation then it is important to consult with an attorney right away. The difference between winning compensation and having your argument thrown out of court will heavily depend on the details of your case. Our Atlanta employment lawyers will analyze your employer’s internet policy, determine what privacy violations were violated, and ask questions regarding how transparent your employer is regarding their monitoring policies. We will also determine if your internet usage was monitored due to discrimination or retaliation for some other work related complaint. Once we have the facts of the case we will file a lawsuit in Federal Court, or advocate on your behalf to reach a private settlement with your employer. Contact our attorneys today. We assist clients in the greater Atlanta Metro area including Jonesboro, Macon, Savannah, Athens, Kennesaw, Marietta, Decatur, Dunwoody, Stone Mountain, Tucker, Alpharetta, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Norcross, Gainesville, as well as the counties of Bibb, Chatham, Clarke, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Richmond.
Georgia lawyers filing lawsuits on behalf of those fired over social media posts
Employers have begun to routinely check applicant and employee social media profiles in order to gain information. While it is clearly illegal for an employer to force an employee to allow them to see private information, it becomes more of a gray area if an employer fires an employee for public information that is shared. For example, many employers have fired employees because they have criticized their bosses or workplace policies on public sites. Depending on your workplace and their internet policy this may not be legal; many courts will find that this violates your right to discuss workplace conditions. Likewise it is illegal for an employer to obtain personal information that they are not privy to, such as your marital status or religious views, and discriminate against you in the workplace after viewing your social media. If you have been punished because of information you have shared on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, you may have a valid lawsuit depending on the facts of your case. Contact us at Obiorah Fields, LLC today for more information.