From use to abuse … of the Internet connection made available to the employee by the employer

From use to abuse … of the Internet connection made available to the employee by the employer

During her working hours, an employee visited or logged on to numerous websites, such as travel websites, price comparators, clothes brand websites, websites for shows and outings, as well as social network websites, or the website of a women’s magazine. There were more than 10,000 such visits/log-ins over a period of 10 days…

The Court of Cassation considered that the Internet connection made available by the employer to the employee being used abusively for personal purposes established serious misconduct, confirming the decision of the judges of the merits of the case who had considered that such a use of Internet during working hours was particularly abusive and constituted serious misconduct.

Cass. soc., 26 févr. 2013, n° 11-27. 372, D

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