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Greece: Firing of Employee for Surfing on Internet at Work

(Apr. 19, 2011) On April 19, 2011, the District Court of Athens upheld the decision of an airline company that had fired a female employee for visiting the social networking website “Facebook” for extended periods of time during working hours. The employee was working on a contract basis, and, according to testimony, she was spending long hours visiting different websites, including “Facebook.” She was fired with no severance pay. (Court Upholds Employee's Firing over Facebook, Internet “Surfing” While at Work, ANA-MPA DAILY NEWS BULLETIN 7 (Apr. 19, 2011), via email from the Greek Embassy Press Office in Washington, D.C.,

The District Court decided in favor of the company and held that the firing due to long hours of Internet use at work was justified. (Id.)