HR Strange But True!
September 05, 2002
We all know that HR is never boring. But sometimes it can get downright strange...

When Christine Lynn O'Kane reapplied for her job as an officer with the El Paso, Texas, police department after taking time off to care for her ailing mother, she came in for a rude surprise.

Police management cited the "inappropriate" use of her name as the basis for their denial. Specifically, it referred to her identification tag and e-mail header: "C. O'KANE."

"In reading the (e-mail) header, it is clear that the intention was to refer to the drug cocaine," states an April 2, 2001, e-mail from Assistant Police Chief Richard Wiles to the department's personnel director. Wiles added that the moniker "placed the department in a position of being subjected to public ridicule and disrespect."

O'Kane appealed her case to the civil service commission, and won. She was rehired in September 2001 but has since switched to her maiden name, Whitaker.

Source: The Associated Press, via the San Francisco Chronicle

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