Woman Fired for Using CAPS in Emails

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According to The New Zealand Herald, Vicki Walker was fired by her former employer ProCare Health for causing "disharmony in the workplace" by sending emails with words in bold, in red and in capital letters.

There must have been something terrible in that email other than capital letters. Something awful and sinister. Something so offensive that any company would be justified in firing this New Zealand woman.

Let's look at the evidence:

According to The New Zealand Herald, Vicki Walker was fired by her former employer ProCare Health for causing "disharmony in the workplace" by sending emails with words in bold, in red and in capital letters. "To say that [email] is confrontational is ridiculous," she told The Herald.

But it wasn't until she decided to fight the wacky termination when the stress really began. "I am a single woman with a mortgage, and I had to re-mortgage my home and borrow money from my sister to make it through," Ms. Walker said. "They nearly ruined my life."

In her defense, the Employment Relations Authority declared that she was not fairly terminated. Walker was awarded only $17,000 and plans to appeal for more compensation. "I have spent thousands defending myself and there are so many issues that are unresolved that I want to take them up on."

According to the Authority, Ms. Walker received no warnings. And the only piece of email evidence used was the example above.

She is now speaking out, calling for greater protection for white-collar workers from the financial, emotional and mental stresses involved in a dispute with a big corporate employer.

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