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'It's OK to watch porn at lunch': Italy's top court

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Italy's Court of Cassation ruled that Fiat could not sack a man for watching porn during his lunch break. Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP
16:19 CEST+02:00
Italy's top court has ruled that an employee of Fiat did nothing wrong when he watched porn films during his lunch break, and so could not be sacked.

The Court of Cassation turned down an appeal from Italy's iconic carmaker to fire the man, who works at a factory in Termini Imerese, a town near Palermo in Sicily, arguing that he had done nothing wrong, LiveSicilia reported.

The judicial process got underway in 2010, when a court in Termini Imerese initially found the man guilty. That verdict was overturned by Palermo's court of appeal, whose ruling was upheld by the Court of Cassation on Wednesday.

The man had argued that his porn viewing was limited to merely “catching a glimpse” of a film during his lunch break. As there was no evidence of the habit seeping into his normal working hours, the Court of Cassation ruled he had done nothing wrong.

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But there was victory for Fiat in a separate case on the same day, with the top court ruling that the company was within its rights to sack a worker who smoked cannabis during his lunch break.
 

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