Tuesday, February 20, 2007

IBM Sued for "Porn Addiction"

Fifty-eight year old James Pacenza says he was fired from IBM after 19 years of employment for being addicted to internet porn. He claims that had he been an alcoholic or a drug addict the company would have paid for rehab...but since he was caught with "lewd" chat on his monitor he was promptly canned.

Pointing out the discrepancy between this addiction and other addictions seems to be smart move from a legal standpoint. And, truthfully, the other addictions are much more detrimental. If you look at porn and then drive you're not going to kill anyone, etc. But, Pacenza seems to be all over the place with his excuses/justifications -leaving one with the impression that he's insincere and just looking for a way to salvage his retirement (he was eligible in a year).

He also blames his experience in Vietnam and his time as a combat lawyer in Iraq.

IBM claims this was his second offense and was warned before that he would be fired if he was caught surfing sex sites again.

"If it goes to trial, the case could affect how employers regulate Internet use that is not work-related, or how Internet overuse is categorized medically. Stanford University issued a nationwide study last year that found that up to 14 percent of computer users reported neglecting work, school, families, food and sleep to use the Internet.

The study's director, Dr. Elias Aboujaoude, said then that he was most concerned about the numbers of people who hid their nonessential Internet use or used the Internet to escape a negative mood, much in the same way that alcoholics might."
(source)

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