City of Ontario v. Quon

April 20, 2010 – In The News
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In a recent case before the Supreme Court involving a SWAT sergeant in California who was texting personal messages on his phone issued by the SWAT department, the Court could ultimately rule that employers have the right to monitor and view employees' texts when they use company resources. Scott Vernick was interviewed saying that using public equipment paid for by the public dollar could come under review by an employer, and he would be shocked if the Supreme Court did not rule in favor of the employer. Vernick felt this was still a tough case in that the SWAT Department's policy on personal use of company equipment was not clear as it was altered by the sergeant's supervisor.

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