When I gave my 2-week notice, they took away my internet and email. Is this legal?

I gave my 2-week notice to go to work at a competitor’s location. HR decided I could work the 2 weeks instead of releasing me. Without notice, they removed my access to the company network, internet, and email. My email is currently being forwarded to my boss and not the security or IT person. Is this against the law?

Ann Kiernan replies:

Based on what you have written, I do not see anything illegal. The federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act allows employers to intercept, read, and monitor anything users put on the company network.


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About the Author:

Ann Kiernan has litigated claims of wrongful discharge and discrimination before state and federal courts and administrative matters before the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, representing both employers and employees. Ms. Kiernan co-hosted The Employee Rights Forum, a weekly radio call-in show reaching up to a half-million listeners in the New York metropolitan area, and her articles on employment law have been published in many books and magazines. Both as a firm partner and as a director, Ms. Kiernan gained solid experience in management and human resources compliance. She has worked with Fair Measures since 1997.