Employee Privacy Analytical Essay by Nicky

Employee Privacy
An overview of the 1992 "Deal v. Spears" case concerning employee privacy.
# 128893 | 838 words | 4 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Aug 16, 2010 in Law (Business) , Law (Historic Trials)

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The paper outlines the "Deal v. Spears" case and how it dealt with punitive damages to a small business because of actions taken by the owners in regards to monitoring employee conversations. The paper discusses employee privacy in the workplace of today, and asserts that laws need to be updated in order to address issues of employee privacy and employer rights.

From the Paper:

"Since the 1992 federal court decision of Deal v. Spears employee privacy has become no less a complex issue, and in fact, may now be even more complex than what it was at that time. The 1992 Deal v. Spears case dealt primarily with punitive damages to a small business because of actions taken by the owner(s) in regards to monitoring employee conversations. Two individuals (Sibbie Deal and Calvin Lucas) sued the owners (Newell and Juanita Spears) of the company (White Oak Package Store) for illegal monitoring of what they considered private conversations on the telephone. The monitoring provided a basis for one of the individuals (Sibbie) to be fired from her job at White Oak. The court affirmed the decision by a lower court that the employers had illegally monitored the conversations between the two, but that they had not done so maliciously."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Foley, J.P. (ed.); (1900) The Jeffersonian cyclopedia: A comprehensive collection of the views of Thomas Jefferson, pg. 726
  • Sherman, M.A.; (2007) Webmail at work: The case for protection against employer monitoring, Touro Law Review, Vol. 23, No. 3, pp. 647 - 683
  • United States Court of Appeals; (1992) Sibbie Deal; Calvin Lucas, Appellees v. Newell Spears; Juanita Spears, doing business as White Oak Package Store, Appellants, 980 F.2d 1153, 61 USLW 2353, 8 IER Cases 105
  • Williams, K.R.; (2008) Protecting what you thought was yours: Expanding employee privacy to protect the attorney-client privilege from employer computer monitoring, Ohio State Law Journal, Vol. 69, No. 2, pp. 347 - 390

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