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Facebook-addicted worker loses appeal

An Athens court on Monday rebuffed an appeal by an airline company employee who was dismissed without compensation for spending much of her working days on the social networking site Facebook.

The court upheld an earlier ruling vindicating the company which dismissed the worker after accusing her of spending several hours a day on Facebook and other websites unrelated to her area of work.

The woman would put clients who were calling to reserve airline tickets on hold while she updated her status on Facebook and exchanged messages with friends on the networking site, the court heard.

The employee is also said to have spent a lot of time speaking to friends and relatives on the telephone and to have systematically been late for work in the mornings, ?creating problems in the company?s operations.?

The court dismissed the woman?s claims of having been the subject of a ?hostile and vengeful? dismissal, noting that it had ?not been abusive but a lawful act that protected the company?s interests.?