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Worker fired for all-caps e-mails

Sept. 1, 2009 at 3:24 PM

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- A New Zealand tribunal has awarded $11,500 to an office worker who was fired for sending e-mail messages in all-capital letters.

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.

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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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