Internet addict sues IBM - seeks sympathy

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In summary, a man who was fired by IBM for visiting an adult chat room at work is suing the company for $5 million, claiming he is an Internet addict. However, some doubt the credibility of his claim due to his large sum of money requested. Others believe he may have a stronger argument for age discrimination, as he was fired just months before his retirement while a younger couple who engaged in sexual activity at work was only transferred.
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WHITE PLAINS, New York (AP) -- A man who was fired by IBM for visiting an adult chat room at work is suing the company for $5 million, claiming he is an Internet addict who deserves treatment and sympathy rather than dismissal.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/LAW/02/18/chat.room.lawsuit.ap/index.html [Broken]

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His story might be slightly credible, but then you see that he wants $5 million. He's a money-grabber, no question.
 
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I think he has a better case for arguing age discrimination. They fired him 6 months before his retirement, all because he went in some sexual chat rooms a couple of times. Meanwhile, a younger couple has sex on a desk and is only transferred? This smacks of pension-robbing.
 

1. What is the background of the internet addict's lawsuit against IBM?

The internet addict, who remains anonymous, claims that IBM's products and services have contributed to their addiction and is seeking sympathy and financial compensation.

2. What is the addict's argument against IBM?

The addict argues that IBM's technology and marketing tactics have intentionally created an addictive environment, leading to their addiction and subsequent negative effects on their life.

3. How does IBM respond to the lawsuit?

IBM denies any responsibility for the addict's addiction and argues that they are not responsible for an individual's personal choices and actions. They also state that their products and services are not intended to be used in an addictive manner.

4. What are the potential implications of this lawsuit for IBM and other technology companies?

If the addict's lawsuit is successful, it could set a precedent for similar cases against other technology companies and potentially impact their business practices and the development of new products and services.

5. What can be done to address internet addiction and its impact on individuals?

This lawsuit brings attention to the issue of internet addiction and the need for individuals to take responsibility for their own technology usage. It also highlights the importance of companies promoting responsible and ethical use of their products and services.

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