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  • 1. This printed article may not be photocopied and is for the exclusive use of Ms Erica Aoki. For a multi-user Iicence please contact Alan Mowat on +44 20 7234 0606. September 202002 - Brazil! General Motors take: actio~ against e~ployee web misuseI General Motors of Brazil has dismissed 33 employees for inappropriate use of the Internet and email to access and distribute pornographic material. Despite this extreme action, the company agreed with the trade union to make the dismissals without just cause, which gives more rights to employees than if they were dismissed with just cause. Although General Motors would not comment on their decision, the general secretary of Metallurgic Labour Association said that the dismissal was in fact "just" because "the employees had no need to access such sites to perform their work." In Brazil there are no specific laws governing internet access byemployees. However, in general, the misuse of a companys assets may justify dismissal. Similarly, while there is no legislation on the monitoring of employee emails and internet use, recent statistics indicate that an increasing number of Brazilian companies use filters or have in place an email policy. Erica Aoki, Stroeter, Royster & Ohno - Advogados Associated with Steel Hector & Davis LLP, São Paulo © Copyrighl 2004 - 2008 Globe Business Publishing ltd