Policeman writes resume onunlined paper - loses promotion

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7 April 2004, BERLIN - A police officer in Berlin has been denied a promotion because he submitted a hand-written curriculum vitae on unlined paper instead of lined paper, according to a press report Wednesday. The unidentified officer, in line to become an inspector, argued that he has not touched a sheet of ruled paper since he left school 15 years ago and prefers blank paper. He said his right to freedom of expression had been violated by the personnel department's requirement to keep his cursive charac

7 April 2004

BERLIN - A police officer in Berlin has been denied a promotion because he submitted a hand-written curriculum vitae on unlined paper instead of lined paper, according to a press report Wednesday.

The unidentified officer, in line to become an inspector, argued that he has not touched a sheet of ruled paper since he left school 15 years ago and prefers blank paper.

He said his right to freedom of expression had been violated by the personnel department's requirement to keep his cursive characters within lines on a sheet of paper, reported Berliner Morgenpost newspaper.

But a Berlin labour court rejected his case, ruling that anyone who expects to be a police inspector must be able to cope with unexpected and even unpleasant challenges - such as writing on lined paper when it is in his interests to do so.

 

DPA

Subject: German news

 

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