If an employee wrote an email about me, is it my right to be able to read the entire email?

The stories that were told in this email were completely eggagerated and were not about her or anyone in the company. The owner told me some of the things written about me but would not let me read the whole letter. Is it my right to be able to read the whole letter?

Asked on October 26, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, you don't have such a right, unless for some reason it was given under the terms of an employment contract or union agreement. Otherwise, your company can set the conditions of your employment much as it sees fit (absent some form of actionable discrimination). Thisis known as "at will" employment. That having been said, you may want to consut directly with a personal injury alawyer since what your co-worker wrote about you may constitute defamation; your attorney can best handle how to get a copy of the email.

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