UNIT: Woman Fired for Using Capital Letters

Upper-Intermediate. Gerund Upper-Intermediate. Бизнес


an accountant - бухгалтер to appeal - обращаться, апеллировать
constant - постоянный to look forward to doing smth - ждать с нетерпением
to confront - противостоять to involve - включать в себя, подразумевать
to dismiss - увольнять a mortgage - ипотека
to sue - предъявлять иск netiquette - сетевой этикет

WOULD YOU GET ANGRY IF YOU GOT E-MAILS WITH LOTS OF CAPITAL LETTERS? A New Zealand boss got red after one of his employees used block capitals in e-mails to colleagues. Vicki Walker, an accountant in Auckland, was fired after her co-workers complained about her using  caps. Members of staff at ProCare Health were angry with Ms. Walker for constantly filling her mails with sentences in capital letters, bold and red text. They said they found the e-mails confrontational ”. But Ms. Walker went on writing such emails. Bosses at ProCare dismissed Ms Walker for causing “disharmony” in the workplace. Walker took the company to court and sued for unfair dismissal. She won the case and ProCare had to pay her US$11,500 in damages and lost pay.

According to the New Zealand Herald newspaper, Ms Walker is still not happy. She plans to appeal for further compensation. She is looking forward to speaking out for greater protection for office workers when they are in disputes with big companies. Walker said too many white-collar workers feel helpless when large employers fire them. She says many people are not prepared to fight their bosses because of the financial and mental stresses involved. She used her own experience as an example, saying: "I am a single woman with a mortgage, and I had to re-mortgage my home and borrow money…to make it through. They nearly ruined my life." Walker’s case highlights a widespread uncertainty regarding netiquette and e-mails.

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