A man had his claim for wrongful dismissal thrown out after he admitted attempting to get into pornographic websites at work. At his tribunal, Mr Neville Smart explained that he’d had the responsibility of testing the effectiveness of the Company’s Internet Access Control system, and that he’d identified several loopholes to the Company. He believed that Bartlett Fowler and Horton Accountants should have been more grateful for his work in identifying requirements for additional internet filters, especially having translated the word ‘swinging’ into 86 languages.
However, the Company pointed out that, although Mr Smart’s testing of the various systems had been comprehensive, it hadn’t always been responsible. Having obtained a whole series of indecent images before the loopholes were closed, Mr Smart sent them around the company by e-mail with titles referring to Nigerian fortunes and Oakley sunglasses to test the Spam filtering, or so he claimed at the time. Mr Smart had also pointed out how easy it was to hack into the on-line telephone directory only after entering the Managing Director’s phone number for a new contact called Captain Bollocks.
It is understood that Mr Smart plans to appeal, pointing out the work recently undertaken by him on the automatic voice-activated switchboard. However, the Company is said to be investigating a series of calls to the system asking, in various tones of voice and regional accents, for ‘Complete Tosser’.