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15th December, 2011

A headhunter employed by recruitment firm Stark Brooks found himself forced to resign last week after sending a foul mouthed reply to a hopeful jobseeker’s email.

Manos Katsampoukas sent his CV to 4,000 employment leads including Gary Chaplin.  Mr Chaplin replied to the email in order to “clarify the line between showing initiative and spamming.”

In the email he wrote “I think I speak for all 4,000 people you have emailed when I say, ‘Thanks for your CV’ – it’s nice to know you are taking this seriously and taking the time to make us all feel special and unique.”

He continued to use expletives including a comment “you are too stupid to get a job, even in banking.”

Mr Chaplin, who used the pseudonym Richard Vickers (claiming that he did not realise there was another Richard Vickers working in recruitment), went on to make personal comments about other recipients of the email including rival recruitment firms.  Mr Chaplin failed to realise that he himself also sent the reply to all 4,000 contacts included in the original message.

This highlights the facts that although information technology has improved communication significantly in the last few decades, it does not come without its dangers.

Employers and employees should be extremely careful when sending emails and using the internet and employers should have in place an information technology policy and, with the rise in case law social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, a social media policy.  Such policies should set out the scope for business and private use of internet and emails, whether or not during office hours.

If you need an information technology policy and/or a social media policy created or updated please contact Catherine Kerr in the employment team.

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