02:17, September 07 361 0 theguardian.com

2017-09-07 02:17:03
Privacy at work: share your stories of snooping employers

The European court of human rights recently boosted the privacy rights of employees when it ruled that an employer who read a staff member’s work messages had no right to do so. An employer “cannot reduce private social life in the workplace to zero,” the judgment said.

But the incident, which concerned a Romanian engineer who was sacked for exchanging chat messages at work about his sexual health with his fiancee, is hardly the first case of an employee’s personal life causing them problems in the workplace – there’s no shortage of people who have been been sacked for posts on their personal social media accounts, for example.

Have you been dismissed or disciplined for something that happened outside the office? Has a romance with a colleague got you into hot water? Has your love of Everton football club put you at odds with your Liverpool-loving boss? We want to hear your experiences of your personal life affecting you negatively at work.

You can submit your contributions anonymously using the online form below, from Thursday 7 until 21 September. We will publish an edited selection on the Guardian Careers site, and contributions may also be shared across our social media channels.

To get in touch fill in the encrypted form below – you won’t need to give us your name or the name of where you work – and we’ll publish a selection of responses. Please give us as much information about your experience as you can, but only include identifying details if you are happy to have them published.