by Samuel W. Diehl, Esq.
For more than a decade, Minnesota courts have recognized a person’s right to privacy. Most employers are aware that this right extends to the workplace, but many still run into potential employee-privacy trouble. Employees’ tech savvy and mobility, plus the ubiquity of electronic communications further increase the potential for conflict between employers and their employees’ rights.
But with some upfront planning and consideration, HR professionals can help their organizations avoid privacy pitfalls and still protect their interests.
Only a few Minnesota court opinions have addressed the implications of workplace privacy claims since the right was first recognized in 1998.
2 types of privacy claims
However, a review of cases from Minnesota and other jurisdictions reveals that privacy claims can arise in many workplace situations. There are two main categories:
1. Intrusion upon seclus...(register to read more)