WOMAN DISTRACTED BY WORK ON
NoŽl R. King
of Reston, Virginia, recently sued her
employer, DataNet, for infringing on her
outside activities while she was on the
job as Marketing Specialist at the
companys offices in northern
was really getting out of hand, Ms.
Beraina stated in a signed document that
was leaked to the press by knowledgeable
sources. It had gotten to the point
where I was no longer able to count on
getting even half of my own things done
whenever I reported to work. Id
have to leave my desk at the end of the
day with half my chores still left to
doscheduling car appointments,
making dentist and doctor appointments,
shopping online for holiday presents,
sending out job queries, reading personal
emails, and catching up with old friends
on the phone, just to name a few.
Binder, a colleague of Ms. Berainas
at DataNet, sympathized with his
co-worker and questioned the wisdom of a
company demanding too much work from its
totally know what she means, he
said, caught outside during a smoking
break in the early afternoon last week.
Its especially tough for me
since I smoke, but if she cant get
all her personal chores done even without
taking smoking breaks, wow. She must
really be hurting.
spotted by a reporter earlier today, Ms.
Berainas supervisor declined
comment and quickly disappeared into the
convenience store next to DataNets
main building. He was seen buying
Christmas cards and plumbing tools and
then reading Car & Auto
magazines for 20 minutes before returning
to DataNets main building.
DataNets official statement
regarding the matter, the company noted
that a court date has not yet been set
because Ms. Beraina has not been able to
find any full days in the next two months
when she has not already scheduled
personal appointments during work hours.
circumstances warrant, through her
Turquoise Pen column NoŽl R. King,
Reston, Virginia, will be reporting on
travails such as Berainas and other