Jottings By An Employer's Lawyer

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Good Advice from Down Under - Don't Fire By SMS

Thanks to Jeni Houston, who is also an employer's lawyer, for catching this story about an Australian traffic controller upset over the manner in which his termination was communicated. He got the following text message, complete with misspellings: '"Its official, you no longer work for JNI Traffic Control and u have forfided any arrangements made."

Suggesting that some modern technology such as voice mail, email and short messages are not appropriate methods of official communications, the Labor Commissioner ordered the parties to attempt to reconcile their differences, which they did. Sometimes it is not the firing, but how it is done, that sparks the fight.

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