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Woman fired for ALL CAPS in email

By John Bowman, CBCNews.ca. An accountant in Auckland, New Zealand has been awarded $12,800 Cdn for unfair dismissal. The offense that got her fired? Writing an email using red, blue, bold and all-capital letters.

Vicki Walker wrote the email while working as a financial controller for ProCare Health. The email advised her team to submit claim forms before a certain deadline. The deadline date and time were written in bold red letters, and the following appeared in large blue text:

TO ENSURE YOUR STAFF CLAIM IS PROCESSED AND PAID, PLEASE DO FOLLOW THE BELOW CHECK LIST.

Her employer reportedly found the email "confrontational," and sacked her without warning. ProCare told the Employment Relations Authority that the email had caused "disharmony in the workplace."

The authority sided with Walker. She also plans to appeal for further compensation.

Commentary online is mixed between those who think that firing is too good for such an egregious breach of email etiquette and those who think the employer overreacted. The post on Slashdot supposes that Walker's coworkers are perhaps just a little sensitive:

"Her boss deemed the capital letters too confrontational for her co-workers to read after they woke up from naptime."

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