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Is it illegal to delete your work emails?

Long story short, I quit my job today and deleted all the emails I sent and received while I was working there. Is this illegal? Could he press charges? The business I worked at was in a residential home instead of a commercial property and was warned by the county that it was illegal and we would be fined if we continued business there, which the manager has been continuing to work there for a few months. Does that help my case at all?

Asked By: - 2/18/2011
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It is not illegal to delete work emails. It is, however, illegal to destroy evidence in a criminal investigation. If your former boss was doing something illegal and you deleted emails associated with it, you an an accomplice before the fact and equally guilty. If this was an illegal activity I would suggest speaking... More
Answered By: Granddad Slow Turtle - 2/18/2011
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