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Dell employee sacked for e-mail abuse

A Dell employee in Montpellier, France has been sacked for abusing the company e-mail system. The male worker made the mistake of accidentally sending pornographic images to a female Dell senior executive in the US, according to a report by news site Annanova.15 Jun 2001

His intention had been to send the images to somebody else within the company that happened to have an almost identical name.

Despite an apology, the worker has been sacked on the grounds of sexual harassment. He has responded by taking Dell to an industrial tribunal for wrongful dismissal. The tribunal will hear the case on 20th June.

OUT-LAW.COM's Geraldine Kelm, an employment lawyer, commented: "This case is a typical example of the difficulties encountered in using e-mail for personal use during business hours and emphasises the importance for Companies of adopting and enforcing a suitable e-mail policy."

If your business does not already have an internet and e-mail policy, or has one that may not comply with current UK laws, you should read our guide. You can also download our free policy which you can amend and use in your business.