Can I get in legal trouble for reading my bosses email?

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Can I get in legal trouble for reading my bosses email?

My boss gave me her login credentials which
gave me access to everything including her
email. I stumbled across an email where she
had intentions of terminating me and I felt
those reasons were completely false. If I bring
this up, could I face legal action for reading that
email even though she gave me her login
credentials?

Asked on September 30, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Louisiana

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

No, if she gave you her login credentials and did not clearly specifically limit what you could use them for, she implicitly gave you access to her email: you would not get in legal trouble. Of course, it may make her decide to terminate you immediately, but it seems that you have little to lose if you interpreted her email correctly.


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