Just when you think you have heard it all, along comes another heading spinning lawsuit. 58 year old James Pacenza is suing IBM for wrongful termination. Seems that James would frequent adult chat room on IBM work time. His lawyer claims that Pacenza has violated no IBM rule and “did not surf the Internet any more or any differently than other employees. He also says age discrimination contributed to IBM’s actions”. They claim that Pacenza needs therapy, not a dismissal. How is this IBM’s problem or anyone else’s?
The excuses gets even better or more pathetic as the case may be. Seems that James Pacenza blames his “sex addiction” on Vietnam post traumatic stress and the development of the internet. Dude, you were surfing porn at work, bu-bye!
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – A man who was fired by IBM for visiting an adult chat room at work is suing the company for $5 million, claiming he is an Internet addict who deserves treatment and sympathy rather than dismissal.
James Pacenza, 58, of Montgomery, says he visits chat rooms to treat traumatic stress incurred in 1969 when he saw his best friend killed during an Army patrol in Vietnam. (Yahoo News)
In papers filed in federal court in White Plains, Pacenza said the stress caused him to become “a sex addict, and with the development of the Internet, an Internet addict.” He claimed protection under the American with Disabilities Act.
Blaming Vietnam and the internet? Seems that this guy should be suing The Pentagon and Al Gore. After all, All Gore did invent the internet.