April 15, 2010 (Mountain View, CA) – Robert Brownstone, Law & Technology Director and Co-Chair of the Electronic Information Management Practice Group at Fenwick & West LLP, was recently quoted in the Yahoo! News article "High Court Goes High Tech: Justices to Hear Employee Texting Case."
The rules surrounding workplace communication in the digital age are vague, and the line between personal and professional communications has blurred creating new legal battles between employer and employees throughout the country. One such case pending in the Supreme Court (City of Ontario v. Quon) could help create a guide regarding personal vs. professional communication in the workplace.
"Employees in general need to be a lot more careful about what they commit to writing," says Brownstone. "And if they do, they should not use their work computer, because that's a whole different level of privacy."