Feeds

Hoax: German IT boss sacks three non-smokers

'It's time for revenge'

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Update 10.55pm 14 Jan: Hamburger Morgenpost, which reported that a computer company owner had fired three disruptive non-smokers, today said it had been hoaxed by a pro-smoking activist. Reuters has more here. Our story, based on the original Morgenpost report, is below.

The boss of a small German IT outfit is being sued for unfair dismissal after sacking three of his 10 staff when they "requested a non-smoking area to work in", the Hamburger Morgenpost reports.

The Germans slapped a ban on smoking in bars and restaurants on 1 Jan, but the legislation doesn't apply to the workplace. The nicotine-charged owner, named only as "J", explained: "Our non-smoking employees were of the opinion they had a right to smoke-free areas. My answer was to immediately hand them their walking papers. Smokers make for more even-headed, better employees at our company."

J added that he "couldn't be bothered with non-smokers anymore and that he was sick of always being picked on for lighting up". He concluded: "We're on the phone all the time and it's just easier to work while smoking. Everyone picks on smokers these days. It's time for revenge. I'm only going to hire smokers from now on." ®

Bootnote

Cheers to Colin Millar for the heads-up.

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Getting ahead of the compliance curve
Learn about new services that make it easy to discover and manage certificates across the enterprise and how to get ahead of the compliance curve.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.