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PostSubject: ALL CAPS emails lead to woman's firing   Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:29 pm

ALL CAPS emails lead to woman's firing

WHAT COULD BE MORE ANNOYING THAN THIS? MAYBE IF IT WAS BOLD? AND RED?

OK, I can't actually make that text red due to the publishing system I'm on, but it would certainly be annoying, wouldn't it?

And if you worked for New Zealand's ProCare Health, it could even get you fired.

That's exactly what happened to Vicki Walker, who was abruptly kicked out of her job for sending "confrontational emails" with text formatted in a variety of red, bold, and all caps fonts. Walker had sent the emails to fellow workers within the company, usually with stern and detailed instructions on how forms should be properly filled out.

Someone at ProCare didn't like her approach, suggesting she caused "disharmony in the workplace" and was being too confrontational via email, eventually firing her without warning.

Walker, however, got the last laugh. She sued for wrongful termination and won the case, pocketing $17,000 in lost wages and for other unspecified harm caused due to the firing.

Quite a predicament. Is it actually possible to be confrontational in an email message? With instructions on how to fill out a form? By all accounts, Walker's emails sound rude and brusque, but did she cross a line? Just how angry would an email have to be in order to merit being fired from her job? I know I've sent a "confrontational" message or two to my co-workers in the past, and I've received more than my fair share of them, I think. I never recall anyone getting fired for it.

What do you think? Is it OK to fire someone for misuse of their caps lock button?


Not really newsworthy,but still intresting.
I hate reading all caps posts,which is ironic because I used to forget I had the caps lock button on and I subjected people to that all the time.
Still why would you fire someoone for that?

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PostSubject: Re: ALL CAPS emails lead to woman's firing   Wed Sep 02, 2009 10:34 pm

I'm sure they were looking for some teeny reason to fire her because they didn't like her. That happened to me!

So unfair that she didn't even have any warning! That's a cool $17k though!
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PostSubject: Re: ALL CAPS emails lead to woman's firing   Wed Sep 02, 2009 10:42 pm

Nah, that wasn't right. This sounded like a simple misunderstanding that could have been cleared up with a meeting or phone call with her. But to just jump the gun and fire her without even talking to her about the problem -- well, that's probably why she won the wrongful termination suit.
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