Yet again hospital workers have been caught sending obscene e-mails to each other and so far 13 have been sacked, 28 have been disciplined and 10 are still to be dealt with.

It is well known that offensive material is freely passed round offices and from work place to workplace by e-mail. The general consensus seems to be that it is harmless fun - Until a claim is made and then the employer is liable for the actions of the employees.

Employees – stop sending offensive e-mails, even if you receive them, don’t send them on.

Employers – monitor what your employees are doing on your systems and if you find offensive material is being received and sent, crack down now and discipline where necessary.