Re: At work computer Legal Question
OK, first, if it was sent from your company there should be some kind of email trail somewhere so that you can prove that the emails were sent, and what time they were sent.
second, this is undoubtedly illegal, the specific laws of what country you are in should deal with this more in depth.
I should imagine that unauthorised use of company email like this would be covered by her contract of employment.
The first thing that you should do is contact the police, and speak to a superior in our company.
your company should talk to her and find out what she has done, you should be able to present the proof of what she has done to your company, they should take disciplinary action.
The police should be able to help you out with regards enforcing that she deletes the emails that she has sent to herself.
you say that she's been looking at personal emails, though you don't specify if any of these are work related or strictly personal.
you should also be aware that the other person , (kate) may also be facing some kind of disciplinary action, for failing to secure the computer when she wasn't at it, and at the same time you may face disciplinary action for giving out your account details.
On top of this, I fail to see why you had to give out your login details.
from a purely professional point of view your account should not be used to administer any systems, you should have a separate administrative account for this and our account should be locked down anyway.
(I don't know what the repercussions of this would be for you).
basically what I've outlined above could be quite grim, so there are two courses of action...
either you go to the authorities, (in this case, your boss and the police), your boss can deal with this internally, and the police, (with due process) can order that she deletes the emails that she's stolen.
though this can lead to her, (steph) loosing her job.
your other co-worker (kate) facing disciplinary action, and likely you facing disciplinary action too.
your other choice would be to take the co-worker (steph) aside, explain that you know what she has done, and tell her that you'll 'out her' unless she logs on and deletes the emails in front of you...
-though bear in mind that she could then report you for threatening her...
it's a very difficult situation, arguably you should be able to trust your co-workers, but the situation is very much of your own making.
Was there anything incriminating (to you, your co-workers or your company) in the emails?
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