In a breakthrough ruling that could change the American office place, a judge has declared that it's perfectly reasonable for people to surf the web while at work.
Toquir Choudhri, a 14-year veteran of New York City's Department of Education, was facing possible dismissal for allegedly shirking his duties while browsing the internet.
Judge John Spooner, who ruled in Choudhri's favor, says employers and supervisors need to greet the 21st Century with open arms.
"It should be observed that the internet has become the modern equivalent of a telephone or a daily newspaper, providing a combination of communication and information that most employees use as frequently in their personal lives as for their work."
According to his supervisors, Choudhri ignored repeated warnings that he stop surfing. An investigation showed that he had been looking at news and travel websites while at work. But the department failed to prove to the judge that Choudhri's wasn't keep ing up with his workload.
Choudhri's lawyer, Martin Druyan, dismissed the allegation.
"We don't advocate goofing off. The public should be served. But if there's no work, it's not his fault," said Druyan.
The decision may proe a boon to Edward Greenwood, who earlier this year was fired by Mayor Mike Bloomberg when the mayor found him playingn solitaire at his desk.
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