Government Protects Employees Who Watch Porn on the Job

It looks like employees of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) might not be able to get away with murder, but they can get away with downloading and watching massive amounts of pornography while on the job. When word got out that they were doing this, none of the offenders were fired or even reported to or disciplined by their professional associations.

According to Denver-based attorney Kevin Evans, who sued to have as much information on the incidents as possible released, the majority of the employees involved were attorneys, and none of them was fired or reported to the American Bar Association.

Evans is rankled by the situation because these government employees were watching porn on company time, basically being paid by taxpayers to do it. He says that a private practice attorney who deceitfully billed clients like that would not only be kicked out of the American Bar Association and lose his or her license to practice law, but also could also be indicted and prosecuted for fraud.

The government has not exactly been forthcoming about the details of the situation. Just reading about heinous misuse of taxpayer funds upset Evans enough to send him on a search for details. He had to sue to get most of them, which, after a lot of time and effort, included the 24 offenders' grade, rank, offense and what disciplinary measures were taken, but no names.

"Not one was fired," Evans told AOL Jobs. "But some were allowed to resign. They received basically nothing more than a slap on the wrist." One had downloaded so much porn at work his hard drive was full, and he had to burn the porn onto disks, which he stashed around his office.

Evans has been unable to get the SEC to name names, however. The presiding judge stated that "the public has no right to the names of government employees engaged in unlawful activity."

While Evans believes he's taken the issue about as far as he can go, he feels his time and effort were worthwhile. "By sheer media attention and public interest, we feel we've been successful," he said. We may not know exactly who bilked American taxpayers for time spent watching porn, but we do know that the SEC is responsible for letting them get away with it.

We also know that it's not just happening at the SEC. Evans says that since the situation has come to light, he's received e-mails from employees of many other government agencies claiming that colleagues are watching porn in their offices as well. Your tax dollars at work.

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Holly

The "unsatisfied employees" that feel the need to watch porn, don't need to do it at work. They can wait. Let them watch it in the privacy of their own home. The average American while at work does not sit around wasting time. THEY don't want to get fired. Too many people ready to replace them. If this is not a basis for termination, make it one. If it is, send them packing. If they are sneaking peeks of porn at work, what other shady activities are they NOT resisting? This is not a sales floor with no customers. This is the SEC!

March 16 2011 at 7:01 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Judy

I'm pretty surprised at the number of people who equate any form of wasting time at work with watching pornography on your company computer. Someone commented here about our "moral compass," and I've seen this phrase used before. It's a pretty fair description to say that the political and religious leaders of the world have lost their moral compasses. There is something a little more dare I say icky about someone arousing themselves while at work. Somehow I just can't see that as being equal to checking on the kids by phone or ordering a pizza or chatting up a coworker.. It just seems that there is no one left to trust to do the right thing just because it feels better to do the right thing. Some things have to change on an individual level, and this seems to be a good example of one of them.

March 16 2011 at 5:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
"The Killer"

Is that why the stock market crashed and they couldn't get it up for a long time!!! My question is was it at the climax of the SEC's involvement with porn when that it happened.? And who's organism is the SEC's responsibility? The federal Government or the Tax payer who funds his hands on job? Some one told me this is part of their union contract so were these SEC people united in unions when this went down? And is that what they mean when they say they want collective bargaining?

March 16 2011 at 5:12 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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snugfitstudio

Punny!

March 16 2011 at 5:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gjk32855

Probably just want to make sure the porn site owners and workers are paying their taxes.

March 16 2011 at 4:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
larry

With the SEC employees collecting annual wages in excess of $100,000----fire all of them. As a taxpayer, I'm tired of seeing my taxpayer money wasted----especially with the SEC watching porn while AIG, Goldman Saks, Bernie Madoff, Smith Barney and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac "rape" the tills and savings accounts of the taxpayers. DO YOUR JOB ! ! !

March 16 2011 at 4:52 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
rhnet

This stuff can be blocked by "parental control" software such as opendns (I'm not an actor or paid sponsor). Please take notice, government and/or corporate supervisors.

March 16 2011 at 4:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
equerrys

Waste, Waste, Waste. We, as a country, have to bring integrity back into our lives and the lives of our youth. It is so important to do the tight thing while NOT being watched. When an employee wastes the time and money of his/her employer with full knowledge he/she is doing so, end their employment. They have given up the right ot owt he job.

March 16 2011 at 4:20 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
empeachobama

Im an SEC worker and I think this is quite a bit overdone.Most of us are CPA types and are crunching numbers and doing investigations all day,boring.Im sure there are a few who look at porn just like in any other office setting.The way this article states,we sit around with our private in one hand and a porn girl on the computer screen,bull.To be honest,I think if you looked at porn ,after a while,youd get tired of it.

March 16 2011 at 4:05 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Geno

Sounds to me like you are guilty!

March 16 2011 at 4:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DC Carriers

Not on my dime, fire them

March 16 2011 at 3:59 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Holly

This is the kind of government waste ALL citizens want stopped! CUT the "workers" watching the porn AND CUT THAT JOB! - they obviously weren't doing any work! THAT IS THE THE PEOPLE MEAN by cutting government spending! Not taking away food, shelter, the health and lives of US men, women and children!

March 16 2011 at 3:57 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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