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Porn sites main cause of web-related sackings
July 9, 2002 5:34 AM   Subscribe

Porn sites main cause of web-related sackings... "The vast majority of sackings for internet misuse are due to workers surfing pornographic websites, a new British survey shows..."
posted by semper (8 comments total)

 

While I can understand it to be a problem, I also wonder whether other behavior is really the cause for the sackings. For example, a worker is really an ogre towards other workers, which is not necessarily a reason for being terminated. But one shot at a website, even if an innocent misstyping of a URL, and there is an "irrefuteable" reason to let the person go.

For example, adding ".com" to the end of something is what a vast majority of people associate with websites. If you were to ask a person to check out the President of the USA's website, they would more than likely type in www.whitehouse.com which is a porn site. (I am not going to link it, not safe for work). Oooops, you are fired.

(www.whitehouse.gov is the correct URL. I am not going to link that either as it is not safe for work in a different way).

Then again, the person could be a total perv.
posted by lampshade at 6:06 AM on July 9, 2002


I also wonder whether other behavior is really the cause for the sackings

Like, say, masturbating at your computer while surfing porn?
posted by vito90 at 6:44 AM on July 9, 2002


Porn sites main cause of web-related sackings ...

In other news, it appears that clouds are the main cause of rain.
posted by pardonyou? at 7:12 AM on July 9, 2002


I doubt that valuable employees are commonly sacked for peeking at a little skin. If it gets you fired, either you're an otherwise poor (or at least redundant) employee and that's the excuse they were waiting for, or you really overdid it and they couldn't pretend they didn't see it.
posted by pracowity at 9:02 AM on July 9, 2002


pracowity, I have been involved in my company's internet policy. Shortly after we informed all employees that their internet usage could be monitored and recorded, several individuals were found to have accessed porn sites. All were terminated, including some at pretty high levels in the company. You really can't treat employees differently in this type of situation (at least at a company my size), because it opens you up for claims that there was some other reason behind the decision to terminate (i.e., race, sex, religion, etc.)
posted by pardonyou? at 10:09 AM on July 9, 2002


So you canned good workers because they looked at, say, one tit on a lunch break?
posted by pracowity at 10:31 AM on July 9, 2002


The directors of the firm hired to continue downloading porn after the other people had been sacked, wish it to be known that they have just been sacked.
posted by Dirjy at 10:34 AM on July 9, 2002


"So you canned good workers because they looked at, say, one tit on a lunch break?"

Um, suffice it to say that there wasn't anyone who looked at "say, one tit..." Maybe it's like potato chips? Anyway, I'm sure that would have been a different story. The people who got canned had looked at extensive porn -- with many saving pictures on their (I'm sorry, the company's) hard drive.
posted by pardonyou? at 10:51 AM on July 9, 2002


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