Walker took her claim to New Zealand’s Employment Relations Authority, where Walker’s employer, ProCare Health claimed that she had been fired after two years of employment because she:
…had caused disharmony in the workplace by using block capitals, bold typeface and red text in her emails.
As “evidence” to support their claims, ProCare produced a single e-mail, which did indeed use red text, bold typeface and block capitals.
The offending text, which was blue, capitalized and bold simply read:
To ensure your staff claim is processed and paid, please do follow the below checklist.
The date of the e-mail was in red.
After two years unemployment, Walker was awarded $17,500 for lost wages and harm caused by unfair dismissal. Walker is now seeking further compensation.
In her words:
To say that [email] is confrontational is ridiculous. I have spent thousands defending myself and there are so many issues that are unresolved that I want to take them up on.