Melbourne: A federal worker from Baltimore has been formally reprimanded this month for excessive workplace flatulence.
A sanction was delivered to him in a 5-page letter that included a log of dates and times when he was recorded "releasing the awful and unpleasant odor" in his office.
According to the website the Smoking Gun, the December 10 letter accused the Social Security Administration employee of "conduct unbecoming a federal officer," he was informed that his "uncontrollable flatulence" had created an "intolerable" and "hostile" environment for his co-workers, several of whom have lodged complaints with supervisors.
The 38-year-old Baltimore resident, reportedly submitted evidence that he suffered from "some medical conditions" that, at times, caused him to be unable to work full days.
But a SSA manager said in the reprimand letter that, "nothing that you have submitted has indicated that you would have uncontrollable flatulence. It is my belief that you can control this condition," News.com.au reported.
According to the letter of reprimand - the least severe administrative sanction that can be levied against a federal worker - the man was first spoken to about his flatulence during a May 18 "performance discussion" with his supervisor.
He was informed that his fellow co-workers had complained about his flatulence, and that it was "the reason none of them were willing to assist you with your work."