Court: Texting employee should keep job

Sept. 16, 2008 at 4:58 PM
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ROME, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The Italian Supreme Court has ruled against Telecom Italia's attempt to fire an employee who sent more than 12,000 private text messages from his work phone.

The Cassation Court overturned a 2002 ruling by a Naples tribunal that permitted the telecommunications company to fire the employee, identified as Carlo T., after he incurred more than $2,000 in text messaging charges on his work phone between January and October of 2000, the Italian news agency ANSA reported Tuesday.

The court said in its decision that Telecom Italia had penalized other employees for similar offenses with less extreme measures, including docking wages for three days and taking the cost of the text messages out of the employees' pay checks.

''Employees must be treated in the same way,'' the court said.

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