Northwest Airlines Lawsuit

NPR's Elaine Korry reports on a lawsuit that Northwest Airlines has brought against several of its union employees and the privacy implications the case raises. Northwest accuses the employees of using an Internet Website to stage an illegal sick out that forced the airline to cancel hundreds of flights. A federal judge ordered some union employees to turn over their personal computers to the accounting firm of Ernst and Young, in order to determine who posted anonymous messages that called for the sick out. Lawyers for the employees say the court-ordered search went far beyond the bounds of routine evidence gathering.

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