The risk of watching porn and masturbating at work

It wasn’t too long ago that women couldn’t breast feed infants in the workplace and now we have lactation rooms; they are a good way to help mothers transition back to work and continue breastfeeding their child. (That said we may call them “quiet rooms” because naming a room after mammary secretions is still sort of icky.)

In a related story, has a Brazilian judge gone too far by ruling a woman can masturbate at the office? The Huffington Post recently wrote: “A Brazilian judge has reportedly ruled that a 36-year-old female accountant can legally masturbate at work and watch porn on her work computer.” Apparently she suffers from severe anxiety and “combining work with pleasure” up the 47 times a day is the cure.

Despite being taboo, people still seem to manage to watch the porn at work as was reported last year when Pr0N was found at the SEC. What’s more, since she needs to treat her condition that frequently, does she really need the .jpg and .avi files? At 36 she should be an old hand by now, but I digress.

And while this poor lady won her case in Brazil, could a man pull the same thing off (pun intended) in offices in Brazil or any other country? (If you’re a fan of Californication, you will certainly remember that Charlie Runkle was fired for doing it in his office.)

Thanks to The Business Ethics blog for bringing this story to my attention. To read more have a look a these other posts about this story.

http://www.theemployerhandbook.com/2011/05/court-rules-that-female-accoun.html

http://businessethicsblog.com/2011/05/23/workplace-accommodation-of-masturbation/

 

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