TECHNOLOGY ADDICTION LAWSUITS: WILL THEY SUCCEED?
Just last month, in a U.S. District Court in New York, IBM asked a
federal judge to dismiss an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
lawsuit brought against it by a former employee. Plaintiff James
Pacenza, who had been with IBM for 19 years, alleges that he was
wrongfully fired for misusing his workplace computer. More
specifically, Pacenza claims he is "addicted" to the Internet - and
thus suffers from a disability. He also says the root of his
disability is another disability - post-traumatic stress disorder
(PTSD) based on his service in Vietnam.