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Is My Former Employer Allowed to Open Up My Mail?

Discussion in 'Employment Law Forum' started by mel, 9 July 2014.

  1. mel

    mel Member

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    So my brother went to pick up my payment summary from my former employer as he still works there and upon arrival he realised that it had already been opened. What can l do from here? And is this legal?
     
  2. winston wolf

    winston wolf Well-Known Member

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    It would depend on who opened it, weather it was a breach of privacy.
    Personally I wouldn't put to much effort into this.
     
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  3. John R

    John R Well-Known Member

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    Hi Mel,
    I agree with @winston wolf because there are plausible explanations that may justify the opening of a payment summary by an employer. For example, for your manager or payearoll department to confirm the accuracy of your payment summary.

    As a sidenote - I know of many friends that work in offices where a central mail room opens most mail (including personal mail, such as birthday cards) before they reach the employee so unless you have evidence of something more sinister, it may be better to move on.

    Hope this helps.
     
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