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Q: Can your job search your person and bags everyday before you can clock in? Does expectation of privacy go out the window

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A: Employers may implement policies for searching employees' bags and persons as part of their efforts to protect company property, ensure workplace safety, or prevent theft. However, these searches should be conducted in a manner that respects employees' privacy rights and is consistent with state and federal laws.

The legality of such searches often depends on whether the employer has established clear policies that have been communicated to employees, the employees' consent to these policies as a condition of employment, and the reasonableness of the searches. Searches should be conducted respectfully, non-discriminatorily, and limited in scope to what is necessary for the employer's objectives.

Expectation of privacy does not entirely go out the window, but it may be diminished in the workplace, especially if employees are made aware of the search policy as part of their employment terms. If you feel your rights are being violated or if the searches are conducted inappropriately, you may wish to consult with a legal professional to discuss your specific situation and understand your rights and options.

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