The tribunal ruled Vicki Walker of Auckland was unfairly dismissed for the formatting of her e-mail messages, despite the fact that her former employer, ProCare Health, had no official e-mail style guide, Britain's The Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday.
ProCare Health claimed during the tribunal that Walker, an accountant, was the subject of complaints from coworkers about "shouty" and confrontational e-mails. The company said Walker acted "provocatively" by highlighting portions of her messages in bold or colored lettering.
The tribunal said Walker's e-mail messages did not amount to grounds for dismissal. ProCare Health was ordered to pay her $11,500.
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