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Josh Kaplan

Age 23

Resides Manhattan

Occupation Musician

Should employees be fired for looking at porn on the Web at work? Even though the company may be technically correct, and it may be company time and against policy, I think it’s cruel. There should be an hour a day devoted specifically to looking at porn. People would get all their work done much faster.

Do you ever look at Web sites your boss would ob-ject to? I try to make my living as a musician, but I look at downloaded porn my friends send.

Do you think your employers monitor your Internet use? The closest I got to that was a telemarketing job where you knew you were being listened in on when there was very suddenly a kind of echo in the phone.


David Paul

Age 24

Resides Bronx

Occupation Photographer

Should employees be fired for looking at porn on the Web at work? There should be a distinction between the work day and after hours. If it’s after hours, it doesn’t affect the business.

Do you ever look at Web sites your boss would ob-ject to? No, because I know for a fact they’re keeping tabs on the employees.

Do you think your employers monitor your Internet use? Not only my Web use, but my voice mail as well. They give you voice mail so that if you die, they can figure out the last people you talked to. To see if someone said, “I’m going to kill you.”


Sarah Safer

Age 29

Resides Manhattan

Occupation Journalist

Should employees be fired for looking at porn on the Web at work? No, it’s ridiculous. Even if there is such a thing as company time, there’s also an unwritten rule that says a certain amount of personal business gets done.

Do you ever look at Web sites your boss would ob-ject to? Maybe Web sites advertising other jobs.

Do you think your employers monitor your Internet use? Monitoring Web use is like monitoring the books you read. It’s creepy.


Lisa Williams

Age 32

Resides Brooklyn

Occupation Account manager

Should employees be fired for looking at porn on the Web at work? They shouldn’t have been looking at porn at work, and at the same time they shouldn’t have been fired for doing so. The fact is that man has to have some time for pleasure.

Do you ever look at Web sites your boss would ob-ject to? No, that’s beyond my capabilities.

Do you think your employers monitor your Internet use? I don’t think so, but if they are, it’s wrong. We’re all entitled to privacy.


Dolores Marquez

Age 43

Resides Manhattan

Occupation Executive assistant

Should employees be fired for looking at porn on the Web at work? If it’s on company time, they should be warned first. They should know better anyway to do it on their private time.

Do you ever look at Web sites your boss would ob-ject to? No, but I do go to ebay to look at dolls.

Do you think your employers monitor your Internet use? I never think about it and don’t tailor my e-mail to the possibility that they do.


Janet Kaplan

Age 28

Resides Manhattan

Occupation Film production

Should employees be fired for looking at porn on the Web at work? As long as it doesn’t infringe on other employees’ rights and isn’t costing the company money, no.

Do you ever look at Web sites your boss would ob-ject to? No, because most of the places I’ve worked have been extremely conservative. Just before I left one job, I considered downloading some pornography for their computer screen saver. Just as a going-away present.

Do you think your employers monitor your Internet use? I know they do because I’ve been told point blank that I was being watched.


Manas Mohapatra

Age 23

Resides Brooklyn

Occupation Web developer

Should employees be fired for looking at porn on the Web at work? I don’t know. People spend a lot more time at work now, and their personal lives are much more a part of their professional lives than they ever were before.

Do you ever look at Web sites your boss would ob-ject to? Only by accident. My friends send me links and downloaded material.

Do you think your employers monitor your Internet use? I would guess they’re aware of my browsing habits. I would object to the company’s reading my e-mail, but I think the courts have legally upheld their right to do it.

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