Too Much iPodding Could Get You Sued

    May 5, 2006
    WebProNews Staff

A worker in Delaware not only lost his high-paying job with a credit card marketing company over his iPod and telephone usage, but his employer wants to take $300,000 out of his hide.

Imagine screwing up so bad in your job that you not only get fired, but sued for what the company thinks you cost it for being such a colossal screw-up. If your name is Drew Scopelliti, raise your hand and call your attorney.

U.S. Card Partner Services in Newark, DE, which markets affinity credit cards for Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank, hired Scopelliti in December 2004, Delaware Online reported. In his position as sales director, he was supposed to market branded credit cards to schools.

Evidently, alumni like being reminded how far in debt they were with student loans after graduation by seeing the old alma mater’s logo on a credit card. At least, Scopelliti was supposed to convinced schools that such nostalgia for the old U could be a profitable situation.

Scopelliti allegedly did not do a number of things. Like supervise his employees. Or file reports. Some things he reportedly did very well and repeatedly; playing with his iPod and calling his girlfriend made that list, according to the claim filed by his former employer.

And his old employer said Scopelliti falsely represented that he was qualified to do the work, which paid him $90,000 over his eight months of employment before being terminated. They want the $90,000 back, plus an extra $210,000 at minimum.

His attorney said in the report that his client would vigorously defend himself against the charges. It has been noted that Scopelliti has not been accused of fraud or other gross misconduct, but just of being an inadequate employee.

Maybe our readers should shut down iTunes if they are at work, and get back to those TPS reports as soon as they come back from break.


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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.