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Joke’s on a comedian – Fired for using studio time

TerminationJune 16, 2015

Joke’s on a comedian – Fired for using studio time (Last Updated On: August 9, 2016)

An Australian satirist Dan Ilic has lost his job at AJ+, a digital news and current affairs channel in San Francisco, California. The joke is on him after he used the company’s resources to film a showreel for an audition he gained as a correspondent on another TV production.

Ilic was employed as a Senior Satire Producer but breached his employment contract when he used 40mins of studio time and resources to film a showreel for another TV show on an opposing channel.

When Ilic’s employers found out, they immediately dismissed him. Ilic said in his defence, “I just didn’t think it would be a big deal, people do it all the time. Thousands of hours of editing time gets billed to the company while presenters work on their showreels.”

Ilic tried justifying that he “got an audition for the Daily Show but was going overseas and needed to get something down on tape. I used the work studio just to knock it out, and I didn’t think it would be a big problem but when I got back from overseas it was.” His employer however had the last laugh.

Some employees may think it is ‘not a big deal’ however using company resources for personal gain is a breach of an employment contract. The TV industry aside, an equivalent breach in any workplace could be searching for new jobs using a work computer, or fixing up a resume during work hours.

If you are an employer and want to ensure the you have the correct policies in place to protect your company’s resources and ensure that your employees know what is expected of them while they are at work, call Employsure today on 1300 651 415.

Source: Pedestrian

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