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There are limits to your employer's right to monitor you

As most workers in Missouri know, there is little privacy in the workplace. Something you say to one person can soon get around the office, but the matter extends far beyond this. This is because in many places of work, employers monitor almost everything, including calls, emails and even Internet use. While it is understandable that your employer needs to protect his or her business interests, it is vital that your rights are taken into consideration in the process.

As this article on employment law mentions, there are even cases where your employer may be permitted to carry out drug screenings. However, this is limited in many states and can depend on a number of factors. For example, if there is evidence to suggest you might be using drugs or if your job is potentially hazardous, it is possible that you may be asked to submit to testing.

Limitations also apply to other employer practices regarding your privacy. For example, under the Electronics Communications Privacy Act, voice mail messages are largely protected. Furthermore, while your employer may legally be able to monitor your telephone usage, the Act only allows them to monitor your personal calls if you give permission and if you know that they are doing it.

It may seem like a complex matter, but if you have any doubts, an attorney may be able to answer your questions. If it appears that your rights as an employee have been breached in any way, you might be entitled to compensation. Your attorney can advise you about your options and may be able to assist you with filing your claim and pursuing the remuneration and fair treatment you deserve for the disregard shown for your rights.

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