posted on Mar, 14 2010 @ 09:02 AM
The most important thing you need to do is know your rights.
1. Get a copy of the Company's IT Policy. Some companies have rules about what can and cannot be viewed while using their network. Yes, you were on
your own personal notebook. But, you were using THEIR network, so their rules apply. Review their policy and ensure you are following it to the
letter. Otherwise, you don't have a leg to stand on.
2. Find out if the state you live in is what is called an 'At Will State'. If it is, (such as Oklahoma), that means they can terminate you 'At
Will' with no reason at all. However, that doesn't mean you don't still have recourse for a wrongful termination suit.
Your best course of action is to simply find another job. But, we all know that's near impossible these days. However, should you choose to 'fight
the good fight' then make sure you are following 'Company Policy' to the letter. If your boss continues with his 'warning' then show him the
Company Policy that governs Internet Usage on breaks, acceptable and unacceptable websites, ect. Inform him that according to the Company Policy you
are doing nothing wrong and request a 'written warning'. While this may go on your record it can be used later should things become Legally
From then on, do NOTHING to provoke him. Document everything your told to do and conversations he has with you. Especially ones that stray from the
normal instructions that may be construed as 'punishment' for not doing what you were told.
Then, should you be terminated, you'll have all the evidence and documentation to back up a wrongful termination suit. But, remember, YOU have to be
100% clean and w/out fault, follow the rules, no talk back, no threats or showing of anger or violence or you lose everything.
Just my 2 cents. I hate people that think they can bully their employees and get away with it...makes me sick.