Privacy (including E-mail and Internet)
Privacy in the workplace requires a delicate balancing act between
the right of employers to control their workplaces and employees’ expectation
of privacy. Although many employees claim a right to privacy for their individual
workstations, computer files, telephone conversations, and e-mail, employers
often have the legitimate right to monitor such activity and to inspect and
review all related records. In fact, for employers that are engaged in particularly
sensitive or competitive industries, such as the manufacture of drugs or the
development of national defense systems, monitoring and investigating the
workplace and after-hours activities of employees may be a compelling and
entirely lawful act. The increased role and use of computers in the workplace
has also presented employers with an entire set of new problems to worry about
in the form of identity theft and security breaches.
BLR does not provide Wyoming analysis for Privacy. This may be because there is no applicable state law for private employers or because the state follows federal law in this area.