Feeds

Manufacturer grinds out email abusers

Kermit in a liquidiser

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The essential guide to IT transformation

So you think you're safe sharing jokes around the office? Make sure you look at your contract of employment first.

A Huddersfield engineering firm has won a case of unfair dismissal against two employees, who had being the most active members of a group of 40 exchanging jokes and sexual explicit cartoons. The tribunal unanimously rejected the claim because the messages were in breach of clear policies set by Holset Engineering Company.

Holset Engineering Company, which makes turbo chargers, didn't see the funny side of the exchange of the likes of cartoon frogs in blenders and what was described by its human resources director, Sandra Bateson, described as sexually explicit jokes, cartoons and lots of innuendo.

This sounds like relatively tame stuff, but the messages were enough to upset one employee who, having received a message in error, shopped the jokers to management.

All 40 involved in the 'joke ring' were disciplined, with even those who had only received the emails - but didn't delete them or report the senders - earning a severe reprimand.

It'd be hard to say here that the punishment matched the crime, and in fact when asked by The Register why Holset had such strict guidelines on email abuse, Bateson said she had nothing to say on the subject.

The bottom line is that under employment law an employee has to show an employer acted unreasonably to win and unfair dismissal claim. So either you work for an employer who doesn't take a strong line on intra-office smut (unlikely these days) or else it's time to start deleting. ®

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws
Yep, that one place you'd hoped you wouldn't find 'em
TROLL SLAYER Google grabs $1.3 MEEELLION in patent counter-suit
Chocolate Factory hits back at firm for suing customers
Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'
I have to know. I have to find out what happened to my life
Netflix swallows yet another bitter pill, inks peering deal with TWC
Net neutrality crusader once again pays up for priority access
Ex-IBM CEO John Akers dies at 79
An era disrupted by the advent of the PC
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.