Careless click lands HR staffer in hot water

Recruiters need more in-depth training
By Lesley Young
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 08/13/2007

Colossal HR blunders are sometimes only a click away — an important lesson one junior recruiter at the Ontario cabinet office learned the hard way last month.

Aileen Siu, an acting team leader in office hiring, found herself in a media firestorm on July 21 after mistakenly forwarding an e-mail meant for a colleague back to the job applicant with one sentence: “This is the ghetto dude that I spoke to before.”

The job applicant who received that e-mail was Evon Reid, a University of Toronto honour student who had applied for a media analyst position at the cabinet office.