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Woman fired for USING ALL CAPS IN E-MAIL

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Last Edited: September 1, 2009, 10:24 am

THERE ARE CERTAIN PEOPLE WHO SHOULD HAVE THE CAPS LOCK KEY FORCEABLY REMOVED FROM THEIR KEYBOARDS BECAUSE OF HOW ANNOYING IT IS TO SEE EVERYTHING THEY WRITE IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.  THOSE PEOPLE ACTUALLY THINK IT IS EASIER TO READ THEIR TEXT WHEN THEY TYPE IT LIKE THIS.

But should someone be fired for it?  Heck, maybe.  At least that's what one company thought.  Check it out:

Woman fired for USING ALL CAPS IN E-MAIL

Vicki Walker, an Auckland (New Zealand) accountant, was sacked for sending supposedly confrontational emails with words in red, in bold and in CAPITAL LETTERS.

The Employment Relations Authority in New Zealand ruled that Walker was not fairly terminated from her position after sending the emails to co-workers. Her previous employers, ProCare, have now been ordered to pay New Zealand dollars $17,000 (US$11,500/€8000) for unfair dismissal.

Fired in December 2007, after two years with the company, ProCare claim Walker had "caused disharmony in the workplace by using block capitals, bold typeface and red text in her emails."

Walker claims that the one email used in evidence was in regard to how her team should fill claim forms, and specifies a time and date highlighted in bold red, and a sentence written in capitals and highlighted in bold blue. It reads: "To ensure your staff claim is processed and paid, please do follow the below checklist."

Walker plans to seek further compensation.

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