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Alexander Cherniakov, who violated McDonald's trust in him as an employee by using its software for private purposes, will only get 20% of his severance compensation, a Labor Tribunal ruled on Sunday.

The burger-maker had fired Cherniakov, a move that would under normal circumstances win the worker the full severance mandated by law.

The ruling was handed down by the a panel of three judges at the National Labor court, who sought to send a Strauss Group to workers in general: duty is a two-way street. A worker who abuses an employer's property can expect sanctions, the judges explained.