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Employer can check employee cell phone records

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Patrick Morrissey worked for Steelcase Inc., which provided him with two cell phones, one for business and another for personal use. Both billing statements were sent to his boss, Brent Golembieski, because Steelcase paid both bills.

When Golembieski reviewed the bills one month, he noticed that Morrissey had made personal phone calls on company time while he was on a business trip. He confronted Morrissey about the calls, the issue escalated and, ultimately, Steelcase fired Morrissey.

He sued, alleging invasion of privacy—the fact that Golembieski had accessed Morrissey’s phone bills. Morrissey also sued the cell phone company for releasing the information.

The court wasted no time ruling against Morrissey. After all, for Steelcase to pay the phone bills, someone had to read them.

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