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The ten employees fired at insurance company Royal & SunAlliance for forwarding "lewd" Simpsons cartoons are willing to take their case to court if an internal appeal doesn't reinstate them.

The company stunned many when they decided that emailing the cartoons was a sackable offence. Firms have been making examples of various staff in the last few months by suspending those who had "abused" company IT systems (Royal & SunAlliance has also suspended another 77), but firing people for what is just a dirty cartoon is over the top.

That's certainly what the sacked staff and their trade union - the Manufacturing, Science and Finance Union (MSF) - believe. MSF representatives are currently involved in an internal appeal that is expected to end in the middle of next week, but if the company refuses to reinstate them at the end of it, a court battle is expected.

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