A man who was fired by IBM for visiting an adult chat room during the workday is suing the company for million, claiming he is an Internet addict who deserves treatment and sympathy rather than dismissal.
He also says age discrimination contributed to IBM's actions.
Pacenza, 55 at the time, had 19 years of IBM service and said he could have retired in one more year. has asked Judge Stephen Robinson for a summary judgment, saying its policy against surfing to sexual sites is clear.
I still feel really unhappy about what he has done.
Up until this, I thought things were okay in our marriage, though of course we haven’t had much couple time with the demands of four children but this discovery has come as a bolt out of the blue.
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.