Some good news for our poor associate who ended up being fired for spending too much time on MLB Gameday. It appears the legal system is on his side.
Saying surfing the web is equivalent to reading a newspaper or talking on the phone, an administrative law judge has suggested that only a reprimand is appropriate as punishment for a city worker accused of failing to heed warnings to stay off the Internet. ... In his decision, [the judge] wrote: "It should be observed that the Internet has become the modern equivalent of a telephone or a daily newspaper, providing a combination of communication and information that most employees use as frequently in their personal lives as for their work."
To be fair, the man who was fired — by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, when he ran into him during a visit to an Albany office — for playing solitaire at the office, rather than watching sports or reading Deadspin, far more noble pursuits. So, we repeat: Free The Ex-'Burgher!
Judge: Web-Surfing Worker Can't Be Fired [Yahoo News]
Employers Make Offices Safe For Self-Hatred And Boredome [Deadspin]