An employee can be fired for using corporate e-mail for personal purposes at work.
Corporate (or work) e-mail is an e-mail address owned by the company and assigned to you for professional activities. In case of using this address for the personal correspondencewithin working hours, employer may terminate the labor contract with just cause without waiting for the notice period and paying any severance.
According to a recent ruling of Turkish Constitutional Court; employer has the right to monitor every electronic mails send to or from company’s e mail address and that would not constitute a violation of right of privacy or violation of communication confidentiality. Also, termination of employment contract in such a case is found appropriate by the Court.
The ruling comes after the individual appeals of two employees, who are fired for personal use of company’s email address between their personal correspondences during working hours, and claimed that their right of privacy and confidentiality of communication are violated. But the claim declined by the Court.