Pattern of surfing Internet porn grounds for dismissal: Court

Worker spent hours looking at prohibited websites after warnings from employer
|Canadian Employment Law Today

The firing of a New Brunswick employee for surfing Internet porn has been upheld by the New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench.

The employee, Gregory Backman, worked for Saint John-based cardboard box manufacturer Maritime Paper for 14 years. He was a structural design supervisor and had two employees working under him.

In 2002, Maritime had Backman acknowledge in writing the company’s policy on acceptable computer use at work, which prohibited pornographic websites. However, in September 2002 and April 2003 he was given written warnings after he accessed such sites at work. The second warning stated if he was found accessing the sites in the future, he would be terminated.