Do employers have the right to search personal belongings?

Asked on September 10, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Missouri


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The facts here will matter in the determination.  There is no definitive answer  - yes or no - at the outset in these types of cases because courts often have to balance an employers rights (and yes they have them as well as obligations of safety to other employees) against your right to privacy.  Missouri does not appear to have a law specifically on point. Public employees have a greater protection of privacy provided by the United States Constitution.  I would speak with some one in your area and discuss the matter in detail.  Good luck.

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