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News Fired IBM worker sues for net addiction

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Da Dego, 20 Feb 2007.

  1. Da Dego

    Da Dego Brett Thomas

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  2. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    He was an idiot. He broke the contract he signed. He should have sought help.
     
  3. Mother-Goose

    Mother-Goose 5 o'clock somewhere

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    If he wins that is a mockery.
     
  4. plagio

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    He deserved to be fired period.
    Feel sorry for his disease but he clearly broke the contract he signed
     
  5. Awoken

    Awoken Gazing at the stars

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    Disease? Please, there are people with real diseases out there. He may/may not have a mental health issue but its not something that he couldn't have sought help for. This culture of scapgoating and people not taking responsibility is ridiculous and wastes tax payers money.
     
  6. .exe

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    People now a days will sue anyone for any reason. This guy clearly broke the rules and should take responsibility, not make up some excuse to sue.
     
  7. supermonkey

    supermonkey Deal with it

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    He doesn't have a disease. He has an addiction that he apparently is using to self-treat PTSD. He has issues, and hopefully he'll get the professional help that he needs.

    If he had brought the issue to his Human Resources people, then IBM would most likely have helped him get the counseling he needs. Most companies these days have an employee assistance program in place. Instead, he chose to log on to an adult site while on the job, using a work computer. Under the terms of his employment, IBM was just in firing him. It would be the same if he had been caught shooting up in the restroom.

    -monkey
     
  8. plagio

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    right, issues, not disease. I agree
     
  9. DXR_13KE

    DXR_13KE BananaModder

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    this news sounds familiar... like deja-vu.... this news or a news similar to this has been posted in the past.

    anyway IBM was in their rights to sack him.
    mental illnesses are not a soft matter.... they can kill you or the people around you.... if you don't treat it correctly.
     
  10. randosome

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    yeah i swear this is really really old news :duh:
     
  11. Fod

    Fod what is the cheesecake?

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    nice choice of words, there :D
     
  12. devenfore

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    Why do people think they have a right to work somewhere? IMO you should be able to fire anyone for anything anytime. It's your company, you're in it to make money. If you have an employee with an illness (mental or physical), then it is up to you whether or not to keep paying them / keep them as a potential liability.
     
  13. Wolfe

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    If I recall correctly, you can get fired for having a drug / alcohol habit as well.




    How is that a defense?
     
  14. randosome

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    as long as you have a just reason to fire them, i think that's fair enuff

    although on the disability front, its a bit harsh if you break your arm, through no fault of your own then get fired
     
  15. HourBeforeDawn

    HourBeforeDawn a.k.a KazeModz

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    lol Im sorry tv addiction. drug addiction, in this guys case an internet porn addiction is his issue not that of the company and if he cant do his job correctly then he should be fired instead of babied or else we would have even more pathetic people in this world. How pathetic.
     
  16. Glider

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    Sorry, but I hope you catch a cold, and can't come to work because of it for a week. Then if you come back your boss has kicked you out because he payed you a week (which is 1/4th of your months wages) and you haven't done squat...
     
  17. cpemma

    cpemma Ecky thump

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    That doesn't clash with devenfore's argument. When your boss looks at your value to his company he should take into account absences for whatever reason. If he's happy with your record and wants to keep you despite your faults, that's OK. He's footing the bill.
     
  18. devenfore

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    Exactly. What I meant is that the boss should be LEGALLY able to fire anyone he/she pleases, however I would hope that he/she takes into account personal matters, etc.
     
  19. Glider

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    And that is precisely what I dislike... If your boss all of a sudden dislikes your face he can fire you? TBH that isn't fair... If you don't do your job, or take a piss at everything, or willingly stay "ill" at home then the boss has reasons to fire you, but not at random
     
  20. Dr Dark

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    This is actually OLD news - seem to remember this from August last year...

    And yes, if he'd sought help, things might have been different...

    Claiming "addiction" just because you've been caught doing something you know full well you shouldn't is a load of crap.

    I use MSN a lot at work - only in the office, and am careful to whom I talk, and how long I use it... If I'm on a clients site, I can't use it....

    If I was caught messing about - like several people here have, then I'd damn well expect to be fired with no mercy. :waah:
     
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