Fired FairPoint worker to get unemployment despite illegal downloads

Posted July 11, 2011, at 9:52 a.m.
Last modified July 11, 2011, at 5:53 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A FairPoint Communications employee in Maine fired for having 800 illegally downloaded music files on her work computer is entitled to unemployment benefits.

FairPoint withdrew its appeal of a ruling that granted benefits to Jennifer Tanguay of Vassalboro. She worked for FairPoint for more than four years before being fired on Feb. 10, 2010.

The Kennebec Journal says court records indicate that file-sharing software, 800 music downloads and 12 computer viruses were found on her computer after it crashed.

The company maintained Tanguay engaged in illegal activity that compromised network security. She was initially denied unemployment benefits, but the Maine Unemployment Insurance Commission reinstated benefits, saying she made an “isolated error in judgment.”

 

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