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One of my employers got my personal phone and retrieve data from it. Actually thought my phone was stolen. Then after 4days my phone mysterially appeared in my inbox. A day or two later I found out that the passwords in my phone had been deleted.

Lawyer's Assistant: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

This is harassment. I had problems with how they were doing an evaluation on me as well out of retaliation for telling the truth. Now this. Do I have a legal complaint?

Lawyer's Assistant: Is the employment agreement "at will," union, full time or part time?

Can you explain "at will", non-union, and yes full time.

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

Yes, so after I reported the incident to my Supervisor two days later I get an evaluation (which I have yet to get a copy of) with good marks and a $2 pay raise. This happen able 3-4 weeks ago. Thought things would get better, but there not.

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Employment Law
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Employment Lawyer: Patrick, Esq., Lawyer replied 7 months ago
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Hello and thank you for entrusting me to assist you. My name is ***** ***** I will do everything I can to answer your question.

Yes, what you are describing is a violation of federal wiretapping laws and in fact is actually something that can be prosecuted as a crime. The question, I think is whether you stand to benefit in any real way from your employer being criminally prosecuted. It seems you have received a raise and a good review and that your employment is stable. While I certainly don't condone what your employer did, you have to conduct a cost benefit analysis to determine what response to this conduct is in your best interest. If it were me, I would let sleeping dogs lie, update my phone password, and not let my phone out of sight in the future. I would also consider looking for alternative employment with an employer who had more respect for my privacy.

I hope this helps. If I can clarify anything at all for you, please do not hesitate to ask. It is my pleasure to assist you further if necessary....

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Can you call me on this? I have already paid $59.00
Employment Lawyer: Patrick, Esq., Lawyer replied 7 months ago

I do not handle phone calls, though other attorneys on this website do. Phone calls cost extra, as what you paid was for a written exchange. I am happy to answer any related followup questions you may have here, though, if you do not want to pay more for a phone call...

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
when I ask if there was any additional cost after I paid the $59 and I asked if I could schedule an appointment for tomorrow. That was a lie to get me to make the payment?
Employment Lawyer: Patrick, Esq., Lawyer replied 7 months ago

I am just an attorney who answers questions here. I have no control over billing and no idea what was told to you before. What I do know is that the system is fairly clear that you are paying for a written answer. That is what I have provided, and I am more than happy to continue to work with you until you are completely satisfied that I have answered your question.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Your website also indicates I have and unclaimed offer! Phone call. But I am not able to access as link is not working all of sudden.
Employment Lawyer: Patrick, Esq., Lawyer replied 7 months ago

The system is telling me that there was a payment failure on your end, so that may have something to do with it. I will put you in touch with customer service, who will be able to sort out these issues for you.

I apologize for any inconvenience.

Patrick

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I was not able to schedule an appointment for tomorrow to ask my questions?
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