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Why an employee may not sue for violation of privacy

Just as employers expect certain things of their employees, employees expect things from their employer. In addition to offering a safe work environment, employees often expect that their privacy will be respected while at work. Many employers have no problem doing so, but sometimes what an employee expects to be private isn't treated as such. This confusion has lead to many employees to sue because they felt as though their privacy was violated.

An employee may not sue their employer for violating their privacy if the following has occurred:

  • The employee sent an email using employer's computer.
  • The employer keeps track of websites visited on an office computer.
  • The employer has blocked the employee from visiting certain sites.
  • Employer places a limit of how much time an employee can spend on certain sites.

Although there are some instances where an employer can check up on an employee, there are some that would violate an employee's privacy, such as if an employer monitors a personal call without the employee's consent. Employers may think that this isn't a violation of the employee's privacy because they made the call on a work phone, but they have to be careful because many courts would disagree with this assertion.

Even though both employers and employees have rights, employers should be clear on what is and isn't considered in violation of their employees' privacy. People want to feel safe and comfortable at work, and if they do not feel this way, they may consider suing their employer for violating their rights, especially if they are terminated due to information that was discovered because of their privacy being violated. Regardless of what has happened, an attorney can advise you on your best course of action.

Remedies for a breach of contract

If you've been in business for even a day, you know that contracts are as integral a part of any business as a logo, merchandise and a storefront. Most of the time, you honor your contracts and the companies you do business with honor theirs. But every business owner will face a time when another party doesn't hold up their end of the bargain. When that happens, it can do untold damage to your company.

So how do you go about getting restitution for those damages and what are some of the types of compensation available to you? Here is a short list:

  • Restitution. This is exactly what it sounds like. The court tells the party in breach to pay the other party back the amount they owe.
  • Compensatory damages. Compensatory damages give the wronged business compensation for how much they will have to pay to get services elsewhere.
  • Nominal damages. These are awarded when neither side has been significantly damaged by the breach.
  • Quantum meruit. The courts can award partial damages for a job that was partly done. Say you fulfilled half of the job before the other party breached; you could receive half of what you were due in the original contract.

As you can see, there are a number of ways to be made whole again after a breach. An attorney experienced in employment law can take a look at your case and help you file so you can be compensated and get back to running your business.

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