Good news, technologically pornophiles! There’s a decent chance that you can download or stream filth on your work-issued laptop or phone without fear of losing your job!
Well, at least without being compensated handsomely if you’re terminated and that’s the primary reason for being handed your pink slip. A former insurance manager in Australia recently sued his former employer for doing just that, and a commission ruled in his favor .
This case involved more than just a casually-downloaded image or two or an inopportunely-timed stream that a co-worker just happened to see. This guy reportedly downloaded scads of porn on his phone and laptop, both of which were provided by his employer. He even stashed some original homemade content on there, and didn’t deny as much when questioned about it.
According to him, he’d done nothing wrong. Anything that was on the devices wound up there outside of working hours, he claimed… some of it possibly even while walking around on the local streets, which is no surprise given that people in New York apparently felt no shame about publicly viewing porn on the city’s new Internet kiosks in broad daylight.
Ultimately, it wasn’t even a question of whether he’d porn’d it up while he was supposed to be working. While his actions might have showed poor judgement, they didn’t warrant a firing. See, his employer apparently forgot to explicitly forbid employees from getting down and dirty with their devices.
Because they forgot to have him sign a nice, clear acceptable use policy they were forced to compensate him for wrongful termination — to the tune of $10,000AUD. Talk about getting boned…