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Dow Fires 24 for E-mail Violations

September 14, 2000

FREEPORT, Texas (AP) _ Dow Chemical Co. has fired 24 employees and reprimanded 235 more at its plant here after an investigation into reported misuse of the company’s e-mail system to send material that was sexually explicit or violent.

Dow officials began reviewing employees’ e-mail last month after one worker complained about offensive e-mail.

A similar review earlier this year at Dow’s corporate headquarters in Midland, Mich., led to 50 firings.

A union official has criticized the firings as a ``witch hunt.″ But company officials insisted they acted properly in maintaining a harassment-free workplace.

``We will continue to take the appropriate actions to ensure all our employees know they work for a respectful and responsible company,″ Tommy Block, leader of Dow’s Texas Operations, told the Houston Chronicle in Thursday’s editions.

Dow spokeswoman Kanina Blanchard said the 235 employees who face disciplinary measures may suffer reductions in base pay or performance bonuses.

Additionally, some contract workers also were expelled from the plant for their misuse of the e-mail system.

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