Can porn surfing be a ‘disability’? Lessons from the IBM case

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Each year, employees spend hundreds of hours of “work time” checking their personal e-mail, the weather, sports scores or the latest Web sites. Although hardly productive, these minor distractions pale in comparison to some of the more dangerous activities in which some employees engage.

When employees use their work computers for inappropriate purposes, such as scouring the Internet for pornography, interacting with minors for sexual purposes or transmitting pornographic images, they violate the law and put their employers at risk.

Courts consistently have affirmed employer rights to monitor and limit employee Internet usage when on company time or using company equipment. Employees can’t have any expectation of privacy on their workplace computers.

Stress-triggered ‘addictive’ action

To see the potential risks—and the right way to handle them—consider this recent New York case:

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