Looks like a sad story in this case, but a policy is a policy.
A man who was fired by IBM for visiting an adult chat room at work is suing the company for $5 million, claiming he is an Internet addict who deserves treatment and sympathy rather than dismissal.
Check this week's BusinessWeek cover story ("Get Healthy -- Or Else") for a tangentially related story -- e.g., smoke and get fired.
p.s. in case you're wondering how I found my way to the "Union and Wallowa Counties' News Leader," The Observer, it's the instance of the story referenced in the AP XML syndication feed.