Worker Fired For Using Bold, Capital Typeface in Emails
Sep 01, 2009 12:21
An accountant lost her job over sending e-mails that were claimed to be "confrontational" just because she used red text, bold typeface and capital letters.
Vicki Walker from Auckland took her problem up to New Zealand's Employment Relations Authority, where her employer, ProCare Health claimed she had been fired after two years of employment because she "had caused disharmony in the workplace by using block capitals, bold typeface and red text in her emails."
ProCare produced a single e-mail of Walker's as "evidence" to support their claims. The offending text, which was blue, capitalized and bold read:
"To ensure your staff claim is processed and paid, please do follow the below checklist."
The date of the e-mail was in red.
Thus, after two years of unemployment, Walker was granted $17,500 for lost wages and harm caused by unfair dismissal. She is now seeking further compensation: "To say that [email] is confrontational is ridiculous. I have spent thousands defending myself and there are so many issues that are unresolved that I want to take them up on."
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