Will he get fired (God, I hope so)?
May 13, 2011 3:05 PM Subscribe
Is printing pornography on your employer's printer on work time a fire-able offense?
posted by anonymous to work & money (37 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I discovered a co-worker printing highly disturbing pornographic images on a networked computer at our office. Co-worker may or may not (I'm not sure) know that I know he's done this. I reported it to my supervisor and gave the supervisor one of the images. Supervisor had me talk with the Sexual Harassment office at our employer and they are investigating.
This is not the first time I've discovered this employee doing inappropriate things. Previously I found him watching pornographic videos on his work computer. He did not know that I saw him this first time. I reported it to my supervisor as well though did not speak the Sexual Harassment office and don't know if he was reprimanded for the first offense.
First, although it's clearly objectionable behavior, is it sexual harassment if he had no intention of being discovered? I'm not clear why the Sexual Harassment office is involved since I believe he had no desire to be found out.
Second, I don't know what, if anything was done about the first instance (the videos) but I have a feeling my supervisor didn't take any action at all which may have led to the co-worker's more recent behavior in so much as he may have received no disciplinary measures from the first instance or even knew that he'd been found out. Do I have cause to be concerned if the first instance didn't result in any action? I feel like if something had been done about the relatively mild first instance, maybe the second instance could have been avoided and I might not have been subject to the nightmares and anxiety that I've had since the second instance.
I would love if this co-worker were fired but I have no idea if that's even a possibility of if I'll have to keep working along with him. What might be the result of the sexual harassment investigation?
If it matters, this is in the U.S. I'm female, co-worker is male. We are peers in the organization.