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Things You Should Never Put in an E-Mail

Over at the Wichita Eagle blog, What the Judge Ate for Breakfast, there's a caution about e-mail during office hours on office computers.

Courts reporter Ron Sylvester quips, "My wife says you should never put anything in a company e-mail that you don’t want to be shown to 12 strangers on a big movie screen."

His wife's an employment lawyer, so she should know. The post notes that lawyers are increasingly searching company e-mail and files during e-discovery.

So what are they looking for?

Roger Matus, over at the blog Death by E-Mail, reproduces a top 10 list.

Here are a few that will likely raise red flags for e-discovery sleuths:

"Delete this email immediately."

"I really shouldn't put this in writing."

"We're going to do this differently than normal."

"I don't want to discuss this in e-mail. Please give me a call."

"Don't ask. You don't want to know."

Matus then advises, "If you find yourself typing one of these phrases, perhaps you should delete the entire email."


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