O'Connor v. Ortega

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O'Connor v. Ortega
Court Supreme Court of the United States
Date decided March 31, 1987


This case centered on a controversy around a computer.

Dr. Ortega bought a new computer to train his residents at a hospital.

O'Connor was the hospital director.

Ortega is accused of unwanted sexual behavior by some residents. His computer and desk drawers are searched.


SCOTUS gives employers broad discretion to search the private papers of their employees.


O'Connor v. Ortega is a leading SCOTUS case on workplace privacy.