COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Workers in the Ohio Department of Taxation have been told to stop attaching religious postscripts and other messages to their e-mails.
Employees ignored earlier requests to stop, so Cort issued a more severe warning last month, department spokesman Gary Gudmundson said. Cort had received about half-dozen complaints from agency staff about the messages.
``There is a continuing trend to voice personal views as part of a salutation immediately before or after the sender's name,'' Cort wrote in a message to department employees. Cort went on to explain that a business environment is not the place for proverbs, personal advice or religious references.
Cort found several e-mail sign-offs he found inappropriate. One tax commissioner agent ended an e-mail with ``Deuteronomy 30:15-19 Choose Life.''
Another employee's e-mail offered these words: ``May God continue to bless you and keep you from all hurt, harm and danger. This I ask in Jesus' name. Amen.''