Monday, August 17, 2009

The Incomplete Investigation

Employment attorney John Phillips discusses a fascinating case in which a city employee, who proclaimed his innocence, was fired for downloading pornography on a city computer.

Then a problem surfaced:

There’s no doubt that the City of Franklin did an investigation before firing the employee in question. It just wasn’t thorough enough. Eventually, computer sleuths determined that the pornographic images were the result of a spam email and that the employee hadn’t downloaded the images. The City’s computer system wasn’t sufficient at the time to filter out such things. The City has agreed to pay the employee $2 million to settle his lawsuit.

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