Can a previous employer use my work email that has my name in it to continue communicating with clients

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Can a previous employer use my work email that has my name in it to continue communicating with clients

In VA
Example first name.last name company
name.com
I have been gone for three months and they
continue to use my email to communicate with
customers leading them to believe it is me.

Asked on January 4, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Virginia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No, they may not do this, and in fact, it is possible that this constitutes identity theft, or least a misappropriation of your "likeness" for commercial gain. They are free to in their emails to  reference that you used to work there and that your matters are now being handled by "John Doe", but they cannot represent themselves to be you. You may wish to inform that you will take legal action if necessary and will also hold them liabe for any costs or liability you incur due to anyone believing these emails emanate from you.


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