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Employees at AltaVista UK have expressed their concerns about the company's deal with a Nasdaq-listed porn company.

According to sources close to the company, some of the employees have taken offence at working so closely with the porn merchants.

Some feel the deal with Private Media Group breached their employment rights. Others believe it is tantamount to sexual harassment.

A spokeswoman for AltaVista denied any knowledge of the complaints but added that the deal - which was tipped to be up and running a week ago - had been delayed while the outfit reviewed the detail of the deal.

However, she said the deal should be in place by the end of the week.

Bjorn Skarlen, Internet Director of PMG, dismissed the employee concerns saying that the adult material peddled by his company was all legal and above board.

He said AltaVista was currently scrutinising the 1500 or so adult-related keywords to make sure they were suitable as part of the deal.

Last month PMG signed an advertising and directory deal with AltaVista in a bid to grow its business.

The adult entertainment outfit will advertise its wares on AltaVista's sites in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

In return for pointing sex-related searches to PMG, AltaVista can expect to receive a share of the revenue if people sign up to the subscription based adult sites. ®

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