As large financial institutions in the United States gambled their way into insolvency before seeking government help, it seems as if employees at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission were too busy viewing porn to find out before disaster struck.
At least, in Chicago, they were, according to this story by ABC’s WLS-TV affiliate.
“The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has now disciplined 33 employees for accessing pornography while on the job, using government computers. … Many of them were lawyers and senior officials, and some were in Chicago.
“Some of the employees spent every working hour looking at internet pornography then attributed their behavior to an addiction.”
In private industry, it’s so understood that porn is off-limits that it’s not even one of the most-often blocked sites, according to this recent story on HREOnline™. The top three blocked sites are Facebook, YouTube and MySpace.
While those sites still offer potential for slacking off, there’s at least the potential that employees are using them for work-related purposes. You can’t even make that argument about porn — and it says a lot about the culture, management and training of such an organization that SEC employees would feel comfortable viewing porn at work.