Q: Can a company use screenshots taken from a private message on social media to discipline an employee?
A coworker’s social media account was accessed by another employee on a work computer. Screenshots were taken by employee who was not intended recipient. They are being used against me in a disciplinary meeting. Neither of the intended parties gave permission for screenshots to be taken of private messages that were sent from personal cell phones and intercepted by another employee.
A: If you work for a private employer, yes. Your employer can take action. The employee who intercepted them, however, may have violated laws in how they were obtained.
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