When an employee of Chattanooga’s Information Services Department accidentally put an encrypted file with city computer passwords into a “Dropbox” account that he and one of the city’s vendors used to exchange information on a project they were working on, the employee was fired. But when the Union filed a grievance, a judge found that the city’s computer security was not compromised in any way, that the employee made an honest mistake which he felt remorse about, and that his use of a Dropbox was a fairly common industry practice that even the department’s director had used. ruled that the city’s decision to terminate the worker was unjust and that the action was “too harsh and unreasonable.” The employee was ordered back to work with back pay, seniority rights, and full benefits.
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