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Privacy - Part 3

A California court ruled that an employee who was fired for using his office computer to access pornographic websites on the Internet was barred from suing his employer for wrongful termination.

Key point. Employers wanting to inspect computers they provide to their employees, and to discipline or dismiss employees for inappropriate or unauthorized computer use, should have employees sign a computer use agreement consenting to the inspection of their computer as well as discipline or dismissal for inappropriate use.

* A California court ruled that an employee who was fired for using his office computer to access pornographic websites on the Internet was barred from suing his employer for wrongful termination or invasion of privacy because he signed a "computer use agreement" giving his employer the right to inspect his computer and dismiss him for inappropriate or unauthorized use of the computer. An employer provided two computers for an employee's use, one for the office, the other to permit the employee to work at home. Employees were required to sign a computer use agreement ...

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Richard R. Hammar is an attorney, CPA and author specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and clergy.

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  • March 3, 2003

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