If it wasn’t already obvious, don’t ever access questionable websites while on the job. A Qantas employee has been fired for repeatedly watching x-rated content. He claimed he accessed the content accidentally…
Qantas Employee Fired For Repeatedly Watching X-Rated Content On Job
A Qantas engineer with 41 years of seniority was terminated after multiple complaints he frequently accessed explicit content on a Qantas-issued iPad while on the job.
Two female colleagues complained that the employee used the “engineering hut” at Brisbane Airport as his lair. On multiple occasions between 2016-18 he was caught looking at inappropriate material there.
An Impotent Defense
After being sacked from Qantas, the employee appealed his termination to Australia’s Fair Work Commission. Appearing before the Commission, the Qantas employee said he accidentally accessed the graphic content while “micro-sleeping” on the job. Microsleep is sleep that lasts from a few to several seconds. He also pointed to an otherwise stellar career spanning over 40 years. But the Commission did not buy his excuse, stating:
“The pornographic material viewed by the Applicant was seen by two female employees on five occasions and had a significant impact on them.
“There is no excuse for the Applicant viewing pornography at work.”
Another lesson here: be honest. While pulling the “microsleep” defense, the worker admitted that his female colleagues “may have seen something on the iPad screen which upset them.” The commission seized upon that lack of clarity to argue that his defense “implicitly impugns” the credibility of women.
Earlier this year, Qantas furloughed 20,000 employees…about 2/3 of its workforce. 6,000 of those employees will not return. Accessing inappropriate content on company-issued equipment is simply not a smart move at anytime, but especially now. Even four decades of building your reputation can quickly be lost…