Addicted to goofing off at work?

This tiny minded indvidual and his shyster legal counsel contend that he was unfairly teminated for participating in internet sex chat rooms at work because of his internet addiction. I wonder if I can claim leaving work early to play golf as an addiction. Think of the possibilities. Anyway, on to the story:

Virtually Addicted

A lawsuit against IBM is reviving debate over whether Web overuse may be classified as an addiction. The answer will have big implications for business

by Catherine Holahan

By his own admission, James Pacenza was spending too much time in Internet chat rooms, in some of them discussing sex. He goes so far as to call his interest in inappropriate Web sites a form of addiction that stems from the posttraumatic stress disorder he’s suffered since returning from Vietnam. Whatever it’s called, Pacenza’s chat-room habit cost him his job.

After 19 years at IBM’s East Fishkill plant, Pacenza was fired in May, 2003, after a fellow employee noticed discussion of a sex act on a chat room open on Pacenza’s computer. IBM (IBM) maintains that logging onto the Web site was a violation of its business conduct guidelines and a misuse of company property—and that it was well within its rights to terminate Pacenza’s employment.

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